Subject: Pietà (1696-1703)
Techniques and materials: polychromatic wood sculpture
Dimensions: h. 200cm
Current location: Collegiate church Santa Maria della Pietà, Eboli
The sculpture of the Pietà is consider to be one of the great masterpieces of the sculptor Giacomo Colombo. It has a pyramid-like shape and presents the body of Christ down from the cross and laid on some steps where Mary is sitting and, with an eloquent gesture, is showing him to the faithful behind them. Beside the two main characters are two angels holding up the instruments of the passion: the spear that pierced Christ’s chest and the barrel and sponge soaked in gall and scourge. Behind the main characters is the tombstone of the Holy sepulchre, topped by three cherubs an a crown of thorns.
Subject: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (about 1690)
Technique and materials: wood sculpture carved and painted
Dimensions: height 170 cm.
Current location: Eboli, Convent of St. Peter the Apostle, Crypt of San Berniero.
The saint is standing. He is wearing the Franciscan robe, but does not have the halo. He is showing the crucifix to the faithful while pointing at it with his right hand. He had a bear and his head is slightly tilted and rotated to the right. Glass eyes give the face a remarkable sense of reality and verisimilitude. His gaze is focused and intense. His robe is belted at the hip by the Franciscan cord. The anatomy of the figure has great attention to detail. The figure of the saint rests on a low wooden slab bearing the cartouche with the name of the saint, that of the sculptor and the date. The figure of the saint is standing on a wooden slab with incisions of both the saint and the sculptor’s name and date.