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Giusto Le Court

Born: 1627, Ypres, Bruges

Died: 1679, Venice

GIUSTO LE COURT, also known as Josse de Cort, was a native of Flanders who became in his time the leading sculptor in his adopted city of Venice. His best-known work is at S. Maria della Salute, the Venetian church designed by Baldassare Longhena. Le Court created the statuary group at the main altar and, with his workshop, supplied substantially all of the church's other statues as well, both inside and out. His figure of an old hag signifying the plague is regarded as one of Venice's best Baroque statues.

No doubt because of their collaboration at S. Maria della Salute, Le Court and Longhena were retained by Cav. Proc. Federico Prospero Cornaro (H-31) to create the large monument in the Basilica di S. Antony at Padua honoring his brother Catarino Domenico Cornaro (H-29), who died while leading Venetian forces defending Crete against the siege of the Ottoman Turks.

Le Court's other work in the Veneto includes L'Inverno [Winter] at Museo Ca' Rezonico in Venice.

2003 C. I. Gable