Above the altar is the finest fresco in the basilica, the Ascension by Arpino, 1600.
Caravaggio and his followers were mere naturalists; Arpino and his scholars pure idealists.
His father had been a native of Arpino, but Giuseppe himself was born in Rome.
The territory of Arpinum, now Arpino, was in the Volscian mountains.
The family had been long settled at Arpinum, now Arpino, a Volscian town.
Similar methods of construction are found at Tusculum and in a gateway at Arpino.