High Relief in Italian Terracotta Ø 15cm with natural finish
The Lion of San Marco is the symbol of Venice historically attributed to the Patron Saint. The Lion symbolizes the power of the Evangelist’s word, the wings the elevation, while the halo is the traditional Christian symbol of holiness.
However, the Winged Lion also expressed the heraldic meaning of majesty and power, while the book showed the concepts of wisdom and peace. The sword, in addition to the meaning of strength, is instead also a symbol of justice and in fact is recurrent in representations, anthropomorphic and otherwise, of Justice.
The phrase that has always accompanied him “Pax tibi Marce evangelista meus”, is the same that was said in a dream to John, who later became San Marco, by an angel while he was engaged in evangelization in northern Italy, who he also reported that he would die and be buried in Venice. The meaning of the phrase is “Peace to you, my Evangelist Marco.
Terracotta consists of a clay mixture that is fired at a temperature of 980-990 ° C and has a reddish color thanks to the presence of ferrous substances. Resistant to freezing at -30 ° C, thermal shocks and brackish, with the passage of time it acquires a beautiful appearance on the surface where lichens and mosses can deposit creating different textures and designs, which will make each object an even more exclusive piece and personal. Thanks to these unique characteristics, ITALIAN TERRACOTTA marries perfectly with the most modern concepts of design and architecture, combining refinement and durability, modern design and ancient material.