Just opposite the Chiesa San Marziale in Cannaregio, you’ll find this small carved image on a wall. Does he represent San Marziale? I’m not sure.
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That is one handsome image regardless of who he might be…on my list of things to look for next time I am in Venezia!
Are you safe and sound back at home?
Yes, but it was very tough to leave this time. Such a great trip, so now, we just starting planning for the next one!
St Jerome (Hieronymous or Girolamo) is often depicted with a church in one hand. It could be him. The headgear is more likely to be a cardinal’s hat, which is also one of St Jerome’s symbols. I have to admit, St Jerome is usually depicted with several other attributes that make his identification more secure – a lion, a stone in one hand, a skull, etc.
You and AnnaLivia were posting at the same time, Bert.
Hi Yvonne! According to my Rizzi book, it is San Marziale. Here is the quote:
Here is San Marziale in edicoletta a figura intera, benedicente a reggente modellino di chiesa. I thought it could have been Magno, we often see him holding a small church in his hand.
Have a great day!
Hi AnnaL, and thanks. I am having a good day, with only a couple more left. But that’s OK, there’s always next time, eh?
At first I thought St James, as his headgear looked like a pilgrim,s hat — but there was no obvious shell on the brim or a staff in his hand.
But then the headgear is a helmet (hence the ‘martial’ aspect) and he carries a model church, the symbol of a church founder or dedicatee. So your supposition is very likely sound!
He’s a gorgeous little fellow, martial or not!
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