Custodia degli olii Santi nella Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano

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Custodia degli olii Santi nella Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano


Custody of holy oils in the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano


This work of sculpture certainly belongs to the good of the century 'art, wanting to argue it from its simple style and correct. We saw the Rasponi and Crescimbeni cited by Valentini (Illus. the four Bas.) But we could not find the author's name. A more accurate and patient investigator will perhaps one day be more fortunate in his research: we are now able to have enough of is uniform, as can be seen in two parts, an upper and a lower. The first was at the bottom on a plane to equal sides and frame around a metal door on which is written: (LATIN). From the two sides are first put in perspective two arcs, of which are seen going out six and Seraphim prostrate reverently before the sacred deposit. On the whole monument is a pedestal, and over them the whole figure of Christ standing humbly and posed as his head crowned with thorns.
The bottom has only two figures, representing S. John the Evangelist, and the Holy Pontiff Leo I. The one standing with a book in his right hand and a glass in the left and the other to the ground on his knees before him, and with his hands clasped in prayer. The little snake that you see out of the cup that S. John presents to S. Leo, perhaps reminiscent of the miracle worked by the saint, when the poison chalice of sojourn served up in the making and he above the sacred sign of redemption discover the deception.
This second bas-relief, both for the expression of the figures, as for how to fold and for the kindness of the ornaments, which contains, it is certainly bill once more close to us, that is when the art of the chisel alluded to that perfection which would soon arrive.


Drawn by Francesco M. Tosi


Presso l'Editore Proprietario


15th and 16th Century Sculpture


Unknown Donor


Geneseo Foundation


Volumes 1, 2, 4, and 5


20 x 16






Italian Monuments in Rome created during the 15th and 16th Century


Prints were made circa 1835 to 1860




Drawn by Francesco M. Tosi , “Custodia degli olii Santi nella Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano,” LLB Galleries, accessed July 23, 2019,