Study for The Blessed Alessandro Sauli

Study for The Blessed Alessandro Sauli

1663-1668

Pierre Puget

(French, 1620-1694)

Terracotta

Overall: 69.7 cm (27 7/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1964.36

Fun Fact

Terracotta models, like this study for a sculpture, are also known as bozzetti or modelli.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
Sculpture
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Terracotta

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