St. Vitus

This statue of St. Vitus is located in the Abbey of St. Vitus, outside of Polignano a Mare, named for its prized relic of the martyr saint's arm. The statue is hesitantly attributed to Paolo da Cassano, who was active in Apulia-Basilicata in the late 15th century through the mid-16th century. Although some of the polychromy has been lost (particularly on the dog), the bright colours of St. Vito's extravagant clothing are still apparent. Beneath his feet are a lion and a dog, the latter of which he now appears to walk due to the addition of a modern silver leash. Although the details about the martyr's life are apocryphal, he was said to have died young, and is here depicted as a boy. Photograph(s) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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