Crocifisso altare maggiore dalla parte posteriore della Basilica Pontificia di Sant'Antonio di Padova
"High altar crucifix from the back of the Papal Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua"...
I consider this magnificent rear view of the High Altar in St. Anthony’s Basilica looking toward Donatello’s very famous “Crucifix in Padua” one of my few forbidden and miraculous images of my 2019 Pilgrimage to Italy. I was unaware of the mere size and ancient grandeur of the basilica begun in 1233, but found myself mystified by the aura surrounding it and especially the heavenly altar. The original arrangement is of a three-dimensional 'sacred conversation' with the six statues of the saints – Francis, Anthony, Justina, Daniel, Louis and Prosdocimus – positioned around the “Madonna with Child” under a dome supported by eight columns and arches, all bronzed by the famous Renaissance Tuscan sculptor Donatello. As with most prestigious Basilica’s, no photos are allowed, which mostly rendered this photographer reverent, but sad. We Pilgrims paralyzed in capture and armed only with ‘whispers’ in our ears to hear the Italian tour guide, followed intently from brilliant chapel to chapel. Deceptively, I found myself directly behind the elevated “High Altar,” and as I curiously climbed the steps toward the locked Iron Gate, Donatello’s celestial bronze crucifix began to appear. My surreptitious movement kept me from being noticed by the security guards and our Italian guide. I covertly rested my lens through the iron bars, and quietly depressed the shutter on my camera. Often called “Il Santo” by the locals of Padua, one cannot escape feeling overwhelmed by its majesty, and emanation of spirituality and reverence. The Basilica is austere, mysterious, and solemn, yet capacious, monumental, and impossible to notice every grand detail. However, be emboldened that this Pilgrimage Church is one of the eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See. It is a symbol of faith and hope for all Christian believers. I believe Saint Anthony would be honored and proud to offer Mass here.
- Dino Carbetta
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