St. Robert Bellarmine
Artist: William Pupa (active ) Primary
However, Bellarmine’s life was not without controversy. As counselor to Pope Paul V in the early 17th century, he was involved in the early proceedings against Galileo Galilei as well as the trial of Giordano Bruno. He died in Rome in 1621, and his subsequent reputation was based on his prolific published works of theology; in that sense, it is fitting that this bronze sculpture is located by the Dimenna-Nyselius Library. Dressed in a cardinal’s robes, Bellarmine rests his hand on books which bear the titles of his own work; draping the pedestal underneath them is a banner bearing his name and the symbol of the Jesuit Order, the letters IHS, taken from the first three letters of Jesus’ name in Greek. Although the process to seek his canonization began just a year after his death, it was completed only in 1930.
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