A terracotta modello for the marble is now in the Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia, Rome (Boucher, op.cit., no. 51) and shows the saint in an ecstatic swoon. However, the bronze versions show her in eternal sleep, attended by an angel who lifts the drapery revealing her peaceful face. It is known that Cafà excelled as a modeller and often produced additional studies for his commissions (Ibid., p. 212). In fact, Preimesberger observed that these four bronze casts represent an alternative model for the sculpture. Montagu published a drawing in Frankfurt (Ibid., p. 212, fig. 139) which appears to be based on a lost terracotta model for this bronze.
The marble statue as well as the other versions of Cafà's St. Rose was hailed in Rome and markedly influenced a number of artists, including Bernini who subsequently depicted the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni in a very similar manner.
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