High relief - Lion of San Marco - 50 cm x 61 cm - Marble of Istria - 20th century

High relief - Lion of San Marco - 50 cm x 61 cm - Marble of Istria - 20th century
Italy, Venice

Wonderful Istrian marble high-relief depicting the lion of St. Mark with open book.
Origin: Venice, it was part of the furnishing in an important building in Venice.
The lion is depicted with the open book and the classic Latin sentence inscribed: ‘Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus’ meaning ‘Peace be unto you, Mark my Evangelist’.
The work was carved and sculpted from a single marble block.
There are several symbolic interpretations about the combination of lion and book. In this case, the open book is considered the symbol of the sovereignty of the State.
However, such interpretations are not universally accepted as the Most Serene Republic never codified its own symbols, which were represented in an unequivocal way.
A very rare lot, of extraordinary workmanship and indisputable quality.
The sculpture is in high relief, as it is seen from the photos, the lion seems to come out from the base. Worth noticing, despite the size of this work, the quality of the lion anatomy, the utmost care and precision put in details. Elegant and refined, a very powerful work. Prestigious and excellent workmanship.
It is medium / large in size and the weight is proportionate.
Wonderful patina and marble veins.
Excellent if hung on a wall; it can be placed indoors or outdoors.
In very good overall condition, intact.
It will be delivered in a wooden crate with appropriate packaging.
The item can also be picked up at our warehouse.
Low-priced, safe and tracked worldwide shipping.
On request we can also supply the irons for assembling.

- width 50 cm
- length 61 cm
- max. thickness 7.5 cm
Weight 43 kg

Lot details
High relief - Lion of San Marco - 50 cm x 61 cm
Marble of Istria
Estimated Period
20th century
Country of Origin
Italy, Venice
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
7×50×61 cm
43 kg
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