Statues - Hither & Thither

Italy
Arezzo
Arezzo (prov.)

Toscana

Piazza del Duomo
(Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Donato)

Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale

Sculptures at the Front Façade of the Cathedral

Various sculptors
1901-14

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Description

The front façade of the cathedral was built between 1901 and 1904 after designs of Dante Viviani. The sculptural work was executed by Giuseppe Cassioli, Enrico Quattrini and Viviani himself. The façade had three doors with reliefs in the tympans, while above the main door are five statues of saints.

Statues at the front façade

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
Cristo / Christ

sculpted by Cassioli

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
s. donato ep. et m.

San Donato d'Arezzo / St. Donatus of Arezzo
4th century, patron saint of Arezzo, and considered a bishop of the city
(Wikipedia).

sculpted by Cassioli

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
b. gregorio p.p. x
San Gregorio / St. Gregorius
(c. 540 - 604); Pope 590-604 (Wikipedia).

sculpted by Cassioli

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
s. laurentino m.

San Lorentino d'Arezzo / St. Donatus of Arezzo
Together with his brother Pergentino martyred around 250
(Wikipedia).

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
s. pergentino m.
San Pergentino da Arezzo / St. Gregorius
Together with his brother Lorentino martyred around 250
(Wikipedia).

Tympans of the front façade

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
ad honorem christi redemptoris
frons excitata piaculari a mcm

San Pietro / St. Peter
sculpted by Quattrini, 1901

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
iconi dpæ ex ædib urb camald
a.d. mdccxcvi n marcacci ero
huc adlatæ ab a. albergotti ero
coron sæcul honoribus d donnini
ero auctæ sacelli rect. p.p.

L'incoronazione della Madonna della Conforto / The coronation of Our Lady of Comfort
The Madonna della Conforto is a sacred image of St. Mary in the Cathedral of Arezzo. It is a majolica image depicting the Virgin of Provenzano, where in 1796 a number of miracles occurred. The image was recognized by bishop Niccolò Marcacci, and crowned on 15 August 1814 by Bishop Agostino Albergotti in the Cathedral (Wikipedia). .

Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
protomart. stephano qui
alter ab aprum principe
huic templo e coelo præsto et
domninus donini episcopus et
maria soror a.d. mcmiv

la Lapidazione di Santo Stefano / The Stoning of St. Stephen

Portraits on the lintels of the portals
Center door:
Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
s. franciscus assis
San Francesco / St. Francis of Assisi
born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (1181/82 - 1226), an Italian friar and preacher. He founded among others the Franciscan Order. Saint Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history (Wikipedia).
Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
s. romualdus abb.
San Romualdo / St. Romuald
(c. 951 - 1025/27),
founder of the Camaldolese order
(Wikipedia).

The four evangelists
Left door: Right door:
Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
San Matteo / St. Matthew
Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
San Marco / St. Mark
Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
San Luca / St. Luke
Arezzo - Sculture alla facciata principale della Cattedrale
San Giovanni / St. John Evangelist
The four Evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Their versions of the life of Jesus - the Gospel - are included in the New Testament. In art, they are depicted with their symbols: Eagle (John), Lion (Mark), Bull (Luke) and Angel (Matthew) or just with these symbols in the so-called tetramorphe.

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Chist
  • Donatus of Arezzo, St.
  • Evangelists (Four)
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Francis of Assisi, St.
  • Gregory X, Pope
  • John the Evangelist, St.
  • Laurentinus of Arezzo, St.
  • Luke, St.
  • Mark, St.
  • Mary (Comfort)
  • Matthew, St.
  • Persentinus of Arezzo, St.
  • Peter, St.
  • Quattrini, Enrico
  • Romuald, St.
  • Stephen, St.
  • Viviani, Dante
  • Location N 43°28'1" E 11°52'58"

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