In the Chiesa del Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuits, there is a wonderful sculpture by Pierre Legros the Younger (1666-1719). It is part of the extravagantly ornate altar of St Ignatius, the Spanish saint and founder of the Society of Jesus, and depicts the Triumph of Religion Over Heresy (1695-99).
Legros was a French sculptor, who worked almost exclusively in Rome, and for the Jesuits he created a masterpiece of Catholic propaganda. I particularly like the impish putto, who is gleefully ripping the pages out of a book by Martin Luther (1483-1546), the catalyst of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.
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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