- This work is a small 'modello' for the monumental marble statue of 'St Thomas of Villanova distributing alms', found in the family Church of the wealthy and powerful Italian Pamphili family, dedicated to San Agostino, just off Piazza Navona, in the heart of Rome.Melchiorre Cafa had exercised his inventive skills to produce this modello of outstanding confidence. He pushed his sculptured figures of the woman (Chastity) and her children receiving the alms, outside the architectural parameters of the framing niche. The commissioner, Camillo Pamphili was so impressed by Cafa`s modello that he also commissioned a print of it to be executed, showing signs of a new stylistic approach to the public in general. The print is now also found in the reserve Collection of this Museum. Neither the commissioner, nor the artist, unfortunately lived long enough to see the final work terminated, and the work was not finished according to the proposed invention. The final marble piece in Rome was eventually completed by Ercole Ferrata.
- Inscription: Many fingerprints are found, especially on the back and sides of the work
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 48 cm (height) x 20 cm x 28 cm (base)
- Baroque [Create]
- 1663 [Create]
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