The first chapel left of the altar in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo is the Cerasi Chapel with two famous paintings by Caravaggio, Crucifixion of St. Peter (1600) and Conversion on the to Damascus (1601). Caravaggio’s grotesque and extremely realistic compositions caused a lot of public controversy.
He was equally admired and hated. In the Crucifixion of St. Peter, the feet of one of the crucifiers are very dirty, the nails in the hands and feet of St. Peter look absolutely real. In the forefront, the back and filthy feet of an anonymous crucifier come into full view.
Santa Maria del Popolo is lavishly decorated and full of paintings, sculptures and architectural wonders by Raphael, Bernini, Caravaggio, Fontana, Pinturicchio, Bramante and many more.