May 15, 2008
May 15, 2008
May 15, 2008
May 15, 2008

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

Did you know?

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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