Monument to Pius VII

Explanation

  • Pope Pius VII was pope from 1800 to his death in 1823. Thorvaldsen’s monument to Pius VII was unveiled in St Peter’s Church in 1831. The aged pontiff sits on his throne with his tiara on his head. He is holding out his hand in blessing while looking straight towards us. On the other hand, the allegorical female figure on the right representing Divine Power, is looking emotionally up to Heaven, while the woman on the left, Divine Wisdom, is looking down, thoughtfully engrossed in the book, the Bible, which she is holding. Sitting at the centre, the Pope thus becomes the balanced conveyor of a message consisting of equal parts of Christian sentiment and Christian wisdom.

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