MONNOT, Pierre Etienne
(b. Orchamps-Vennes, 1657, d. 1733, Roma)

Tomb of Pope Innocent XI

Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican

The tomb is located in the south aisle of St Peter's. Monnot revived Bernini's polychrome design for papal tombs, first used in the tomb of Urban VIII. His positioning of the allegorical figures of Religion and Justice on the sarcophagus was an innovation. As compared with Bernini's tombs, it is exaggeratedly ornamented, even if it does reflect the outline of Bernini's tombs, it suffers from a too small figure of the pope and from the affectation which heralded the advent of Rococo.