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Reggio nell'Emilia (prov.)

Emilia-Romagna

Piazza San Prospero
(Basilica di San Prospero)

Statue dei Santi alla Basilica di San Prospero

Saints' Statues at the Basilica of San Prospero

Angelo Finali
1748-53

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Description

The façade of the 16th century church had been left incomplete till it was completed in 1748-1753 using designs of Giovanni Battista Cattani. While the 11 statues by Angelo Finali on the façade are contemporary with Cattani's design, on the dais in front of the church are placed six lions (1501), sculpted in rose-colored marble by Gaspare Bigi, and meant to be bases for columns of a portico that had been planned for the church front.

The statues on the façade show the Church Doctors and the Patron saints of Reggio nell'Emilia.

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San Prospero, Santa Gioconda e santa Caterina da Alessandria
St. Prosper of Reggio

(d. 466), Tradition holds that he was a bishop of Reggio Emilia for twenty-two years (Wikipedia).
Santa Gioconda, disciple of St. Prosper (Patroni della Diocesi).
Santa Caterina da Alessandria / St. Catherine of Alexandria (early 4th century), Virgin princess, martyr; she was condemned to death on the spiked breaking wheel, but, at her touch, it shattered (Wikipedia).

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San Grisante / St. Chrysanthus
with St. Daria early Christian martyr (Wikipedia).
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San Massimo / St. Maximus the Confessor (Palestina 579/580 - Lazica 662), monk, theologian, and scholar (Wikipedia).
Reggio nell'Emilia - Statue dei Santi alla Basilica di San Prospero
San Venerio / St. Venerius the Hermit
(Palmaria c. 560 - Isola del Tino 630), monk and hermit (Wikipedia).
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Santa Daria / St. Daria
with St. Chrysanthus early Christian martyr (Wikipedia).
Reggio nell'Emilia - Statue dei Santi alla Basilica di San Prospero
Santa Agostino / St. Augustine of Hippo
(354 - 430), Bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria), philosopher and theologian; his writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity (Wikipedia).
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San Gregorio Magno / St. Gregory the Great
pope 590-604 (Wikipedia).
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Sant'Ambrogio / St. Ambrose
(c. 340-397), bishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century (Wikipedia).
Reggio nell'Emilia - Statue dei Santi alla Basilica di San Prospero
San Girolamo / St. Jerome
(c.?347 - 420), Roman Christian priest, confessor, theologian and historian, and who became a Doctor of the Church (Wikipedia).

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One of the six lions.

Sculptor

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Tags

  • Augustine of Hippo, St.
  • Catherine of Alexandria, St.
  • Chrysanthus, St.
  • Daria, St.
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Finali, Angelo
  • Gioconda, St.
  • Gregory the Great, St.
  • Jerôme, St.
  • Lion
  • Maximus the Confessor, St.
  • Prosper of Reggio, St.
  • Venerius the Hermit, St.
  • Location (N 44°41'49" - E 10°37'56")

    Item Code: iter188; Photograph: 14 May 2017
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