The Spinary in Romanesque art is the symbol of liberation from the march, not only physical but also inner; the believer seeks to remove sin from his soul.
The figure of the Spinary that is often found in Romanesque churches dates back to ancient thought.
This sculpture is inspired directly by the small bronze of the 1st century BC, which is currently housed in the Palazzo dei Conservatori del Capitol.
Well known since the Middle Ages, it was situated in front of the palace of the laterans.
The young man first identified himself with Absalom, the son of David, famous for his beauty.
But it was also thought that he was a young shepherd, Cneio Marcio, who would have run to carry a letter of vital importance in the Senate, and would not have removed the thorn from his foot until his mission had been accomplished.
And as Martius also became associated with Martius in March by bringing the two words closer together, and as March was the month of Lent, the Spinary easily became a symbol of penance, uprooting the evil from his soul by tearing the splinter from his flesh.
The morality manifested by this figure of the Spinary was that the sinner can and must eradicate the evil in him.
Height: 28 cms.
Width: 10,5 cms
Depth: 19,5 cms
Weight: 1,1 Kg
Publisher: Temarte S.L.