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Section: Russia and the S.M.O.M.

Another Monument Connected to the SMOM's History in St. Pete

Author: Michael Medvedev / Publication date: 2006-11-25

Another Monument Connected to the SMOM's History in St. PeteAnother monument connected to the SMOM's history was erected in St. Petersburg in May 28, 2003.

In the course of the celebration of the city's third centenary, several prominent Petropolitan architects were commemorated by a series of bronze busts (by Vladimir Gorevoy and Vladimir Popov) on a Manege Square. I shall not discuss here the aesthetical quality of the busts and the place occupied by them, but the basic idea was pretty decent. Among the architects honoured in that way, Giacomo Quarenghi is represented in the Russian Grand Priories' uniform (naughtily distorted in details by the artist, but clearly recognisable). This is the second Quarenghi's bust in the city.

Giacomo Quarenghi (1744, Capiatone, community of Rota d'Imagna, Bergamo - 1817, St.Petersburg) was a prominent classicist architect of his time, a real Bergamo man, and a real Petropolitan as well. The Catholic church of the SMOM (“The Maltese Chapel”) in St. Petersburg is one of his best works. And it was Quarenghi who designed Grand Master's armchair and footstool for Emperor Paul I.

Quarenghi worked in Russia since 1779. When the “Russian branch” of the SMOM was established, he duly presented his proofs, nobiliary as well as armorial, and was admitted into the Catholic Grand Priory of Russia as a knight jure sanguinis (in Russia, this degree finally merged with that of a knight of justice). Quarenghi was married but (according to the officially accepted, although erroneous, understanding of the Papal privilege formerly granted to the Bavarian tongue) this was not considered as an obstacle.

Quarenghi was immensly proud of being a knight of the SMOM and never ceased to display his cross.

_____________________________________________________________ © Photoimage of Quarenghi’s bust by Stanislav Dobrochasov, 2005.

© 2006 The.Heraldry.Ru / M. Medvedev