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Sacred Heart Altar, Sant'Ignazio, Rome
Another extravagance of Sant'Ignazio: The Sacred Heart altar. Neither could I find a decent description nor any acceptable photographs of this altar, so I guess this image is one of the better ones.
The Sacred Heart devotion is part of Catholic spirituality and folk religion, where Jesus' heart is being worshipped as representation for the love of God towards mankind. Origins emerged from German mysticism in the Middle Ages (among other things). The Sacred Heart devotion was especially propagated by the Jesuits and so it's no wonder that we can find an altar dedicated to the Sacred Heart in the Jesuit church of Sant'Ignazio. When the Society of Jesus had been banned in several countries during the 18th century, usually Sacred Heart devotion was prohibited as well. After the restauration of the Jesuit order, Sacred Heart devotion revitalized and became very popular in the late 18th and 19th century.