San Gregorio Magno

  • Unidentified, San Gregorio Magno, 18th century, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Teodoro Vidal Collection, 1996.91.58A-B

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This formidable figure represents St. Gregory wearing the tall miter of the pope. Known as Gregory the Great, Pope Gregory I was one of the four Latin Fathers of the Catholic Church. Born to a noble family in Rome, he gave up personal wealth to dedicate his life to God. He converted his palace into a monastery and lived there for seven years as a monk. He was made a deacon of Rome by Pope Benedict I and became pope in 590. During his papacy, Gregory established the rule of celibacy for the clergy and arranged church music and prayers into the Gregorian chants we hear today.

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San Gregorio Magno
Artists
Date
18th century
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Dimensions
27 1/2 x 9 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. (69.8 x 24.5 x 23.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Teodoro Vidal Collection

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Keywords
  • Religion – saint – St. Gregory
Object Number
1996.91.58A-B
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