Collection of Benjamin Weiss
GIUSEPPI MARIA MARTELLINI
SOLDANI-BENZI, Massimiliano: Italy, 1734, Bronze, 88 mm
As the legend indicates, Martellini was the chaplain of the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova of Florence. The reverse alludes to his position and the virtues of chaplains. Charity, the principle of the three theological virtues, was at that time almost always represented by a female figure, with or without a veil on her head, sitting with children. This type of representation probably derived from the ancient image of the Virgin Mary with Jesus at her breast.