St Bruno by Jean-Antoine Houdon
In the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e Martiri there is a remarkably fine statue of St Bruno (1766-67), the work of the French Neo-classical sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828).
On seeing the statue, Pope Clement XIV (r.1769-74) was so impressed by its realism he quipped that St Bruno would speak, had he not taken a vow of silence.
St Bruno of Cologne (c. 1030 - 1101) was the founder of the Ordo Cartusiensis (Order of Carthusians) and October 6th is his feast day.
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