Column Statue of Saint Hilary of Galeata

North Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

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.

Column Statue of Saint Hilary of Galeata, Marble (Carrara marble), North Italian

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