Pierre Puget (French, 1620-1694)
Terracotta, Overall: h. 69.7 cm (27 7/16 in.). Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1964.36
A famous preacher from an aristocratic family in Genoa, Sauli (1534-1591) spearheaded important Catholic reforms, including popular missions and restructuring the church to reach a broader spectrum of worshippers. This sculpture is a model for a large statue commissioned by the Sauli family for a Genoese church. Although the open book speaks to Sauli’s work as a reformer, his twisting body and facial expression indicate utter absorption in a deeply personal vision.
CMA 1964: "Year in Review, 1964," CMA Bulletin, LI, no. 10 (December 1964), cat. no. 4, illus.CMA 1984-1985: Baroque Imagery, cat. no. 10, pp. 30-31, repr. p. 30
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