Study for The Blessed Alessandro Sauli

Pierre Puget1663-1668

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

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.

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  • Title: Study for The Blessed Alessandro Sauli
  • Creator: Pierre Puget (French, 1620-1694)
  • Date Created: 1663-1668
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 69.7 cm (27 7/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Possibly Marquesses Pallavicini (Genoa, Italy);, Baudouin-Gounelle collection (Marseilles, France);, Henri Dobler, 1863-1941 (Aix-en-Provence, France);, Possibly art market (Paris, France);, Blumka Gallery (New York, New York), sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1964.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1964.36
  • Medium: terracotta
  • Fun Fact: Terracotta models, like this study for a sculpture, are also known as <em>bozzetti</em> or <em>modelli</em>.
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, made in Genoa, 17th century
  • Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 1964.36

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