ALGARDI, Alessandro
(b. 1598, Bologna, d. 1654, Roma)

Monument of Pope Leo XI (detail)

Basilica di San Pietro, Vatican

The statue of Leo XI enthroned is set into a niche above the sarcophagus, which is flanked by standing allegorical figures of Magnanimity and Liberality. The figure of Magnanimity, shown in the picture, is based on a classical Athena, for whose restoration Algardi had been responsible.