A 2,70 m tall bronze statue of Christopher Columbus, depicted as The Evangelist, called "Columbus, the Evangelizer." Blessed by supreme chaplain Bishop Thomas V. Daily on 24 September 2000. The Museum opened for the public Spring 2001
S. Bleifeld 2000
(on a small bronze plate): FONDERIA D'ARTE / DEL CHIARO / PIETRASANTA / LUCCA - ITALY
In the courtyard op the Knights of Columbus Museum, situated overlooking a large fountain with cascading water steps.
In the Knights of Columbus Building is a bust of Columbus.
Stanley Bleifeld, the noted Connecticut sculptor, was commissioned by the Knights Columbus to sculpt a statue of Christopher Columbus for the new Knights of Columbus Museum that opened in the year 2001 in New Haven, Connecticut. In creating the statue, Bleifeld spent nearly a year studying Columbus and his legacy. He also looked at other statues and depictions of Columbus. In his final edition he chose to portray the faith brought by Columbus in bringing the news of salvation to all of mankind. The result is a nine-foot statue of Christopher Columbus holding aloft the cross of evangelization.
- Stanley Bleifeld (Brooklyn NY 1924),
Sources & Information
- Knights of Columbus.
- e-mail messages with scans by Greg Ciesielski, April 2001.
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information system).
Location N 41°18'8" W 72°55'26"
Item Code: usct05; Photograph: 25 October 2001
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