Gardens of Castel Sant' Angelo
The striking statue of St Catherine of Siena, which stands in the gardens of the Castel Sant' Angelo, was carved by the sculptor Francesco Messina (1900-95) to mark the 500th anniversary of her canonisation, which took place on June 29th, 1461. The statue was commissioned by Pope John XXIII (r. 1958-62).
St Catherine was born in Siena on March 25th, 1347, and died in Rome on April 29th, 1380. Her body (albeit minus her head) lies under the high altar of the church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
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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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