San Loretto200874 x 111 in. mixed media on canvas
Provenance Private Collection of the artist
Galerie Thaddaeus Rhopacy, Salzburg, Austria
Private Collection, New York
DescriptionSan Loretto (2008) references a story from the Catholic faith, in which the house of the Holy Family was miraculously transported out of Nazareth for protection during the Crusades. The story appeals to Anselm Kiefer's distinctive visual themes of ruin and renewal, depicting the great effort of carrying the structure to Italy while speaking to the destruction of the Crusades. The buildup of fragments and rubble on San Loretto coalesces into an image of a bird, which combined with the title and its layers of meaning, suggests the figure of a dove and even the Holy Spirit.