The colossal statues of the twelve apostles (with St Paul replacing Matthias), which line the nave of San Giovanni in Laterano (St John Lateran), were created at the behest of Pope Clement XI (r. 1700-21) between 1704 and 1718.
The statues were carved by a host of sculptors, each of whom was given a sketch drawn by the pope's favourite painter, Carlo Maratta (1625-1713), which they had to follow. The only exception was the French sculptor Pierre Le Gros the Younger (1666-1719), who refused to accede to the demand.
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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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