St. Victor martyr

San Vittore martire
As for the namesake façade Spire G17, even San Vittore placed in the apse embodies that famous soldier from Mauritania who later became one the of best known Milanese martyrs. The oldest news of him comes from St. Ambrose in Explanatio evangelii secundum Lucam and in the hymn in honour of martyrs Vittore, Nabore and Felice, who died to defend their faith in the city of Lodi. Documents of the 8th century report that Vittore refused to continue military service. Dragged in the racecourse of the Circo Massimo before Massimianus Herculius, he refused to betray his faith, despite the atrocities inflicted on him. Scourged and imprisoned, after an almost miraculous escape, he was once again captured and, finally, beheaded. The statue of San Vittore Martyr was originally produced by sculptor Grazioso Rusca in 1813-1814. Indeed, with a typical style of the 1800s, the statue seems devoid of any element or detail that would identify it as San Vittore. Conversely, the martyr was a classical, aesthetically beautiful, proportionate and harmonious figure, consistently with the custom of the time. Rusca’s statue was recently removed from the Spire to be replaced by a faithful reproduction by Nicola Gagliardi. However, observing this spire today, we notice that San Vittore has actually not been placed as yet. These are the times of the Duomo and of its construction site, the convergence of research, checks and consolidation works that take time but which are necessary to restore the Cathedral’s ancient splendour.