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Column Statue of Saint Hilary of Galeata

Pupil of Guglielmo da Modena (?)

Date:
ca. 1170–1200
Geography:
Made in Galeata, Romagna, Northern Italy
Culture:
North Italian
Medium:
Lunense marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 34 7/8 x 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. (88.6 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm) weight: 72lb. (32.7kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.175.9
  • Description

    This column statue, from the destroyed cloister of the Benedictine abbey of Sait’Ellero di Galeata, Forlí, represents the patron saint and founder of the abbey. Wearing a monastic habit and a tonsure (partially shaved head), Saint Hilary (478–558) holds a scroll inscribed in Latin affirming the rights of the abbey to income from a certain territory. Thus the statue of the founding saint functions as a charter image for the monastery and for the rights it claimed.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: S[AN]C[TU]S HILAR[US] / SED HEC DEBITA / QUE IUXT[A] PLEBIS SI / CULARIQUE SERVI / TIO P[ER]TINERE VIDE / BANTUR DE TERRI / TORIO QUOD MILI / TES CIRCUIERA[N]T / CU OM[N]IBUS TU / STIS OBSEQUI / IS S[AN]C[T]O VIRO DE / DIT.

  • Provenance

    From the Abbey of Sant’Ellero di Galeata, Forlí, Romagna; [ Dealer, Ravenna (after 1865–before end 19th century)]; [ Dealer, Venice]; [ Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung, Munich (until 1908)]

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