Location on South Colonnade

126. St. Anthony of Padua
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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St. Anthony of Padua
Born - 15 August 1195
Died - 13 June 1231 in Padua, Italy

Feastday - 13 June
Canonized - 30 May 1232 by Pope Gregory IX

Statue created - c.1671
This statue is part of a group of 16 that were installed between August 1670 and March 1673.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
This statue is cited along with St Philip Benizi (123) and St Charles Borromeo (125) in the final payments to Morelli in October and November 1671

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The Franciscan saint, with ecstatic expression, carries the child Jesus in his arms. The two large sleeves contrast with the compactness of the habit, giving the body a touch of lightness and airiness.

St. Anthony of Padua was from Lisbon and became a priest of the Franciscian order.  Known for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1846, largely because he helped to overcome an anti-intellectual bias among the early Franciscans. He is the patron saint of finding things or lost people.


Saints on South Colonnade

127. Francis of Paola

126. Anthony of Padua

125. Charles Borromeo

Saints on South Colonnade
South Fountain on left

127. Francis of Paola

126. Anthony of Padua


The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli 1987 by de Luca Editore


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