The very fine funerary monument to Blessed Innocent XI (r. 1676-89), in St Peter's Basilica, is the work of the French sculptor Pierre-Etienne Monnot (1657-1733).
Innocent XI, who holds the keys of St Peter in his right hand, is flanked by allegorical statues of Faith and Fortitude. The bas-relief depicts the victory of the Christians over the Turks at the siege of Vienna in 1683. The two seated lions, at the base of the monument, are a reference to the coat of arms of the Odescalchi family, to which the pope belonged.
Innocent XI was beatified by Pope Pius XII (r. 1939-58) on October 7th, 1956. His tomb lies a few steps away, under the Altar of the Transfiguration.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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