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This extraordinary fragment of marble is part of a bust intended to glorify the stigmata of St Catherine of Siena, whose cult was made official by Pope Urban VIII in 1630. The bust was seriously damaged in the 1783 earthquake and the surface has been calcified by exposition to the elements. The figure combines classical features - for example the smoothness of the face – with baroque seduction – the half-open mouth, almost speaking, the deep iris, the lock of hair caressing the cheekbone. There is realism in the expertly worked crown of thorns and in what remains of the veil and wimple. The details of this extremely well-balanced sculpture make the viewer regret the loss of the rest. The attribution to Gianlorenzo Bernini or one of his followers, although problematical, may be justified comparing this bust with some of his other works produced during the 1620s. Some similarity may be found with the bust of the Blessed Spirit (pre 1619) at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See and the face of Daphne in the famous group at the Borghese Gallery (Rome).
POR CALABRIA FESR 2007/2013 L.I. 188.8.131.52
Avviso Pubblico Valorizzazione BBCC-II Edizione
ASSE V - RISORSE NATURALI, CULTURALI E TURISMO SOSTENIBILE
Obiettivo Specifico 5.2 - Valorizzare i beni e le attività culturali quale vantaggio comparato dalla regione Calabria per aumentare l'attrattività territoriale, per rafforzare la coesione sociale e migliorare la qualità della vita dei residenti.