Location on South Colonnade

85. St. Basilissa
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St. Basilissa - Martyr
Died - first century

Sculptor - Giovanni Battista Antonini
In 1703 he received a down payment of 10 scudi and the balance of 70 scudi.

Statue created - c.1702-1703
On 4 June 1702 Antonini undertook to execute the statue and delivered it on 10 August 1703.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Like many of the statues, the hands have been heavily restored.  In 1791 three fingers of the right hand were redone, and in 1831-33 both hands were remade.

The sculpture probably depicts the noble Roman woman Basilissa, who was martyred according to the Roman Martyrology with Anastasia during Nero's persecution.  It is possible that she was the wife of St Julian, martyred at Antioch in the fourth century.


Saints on South Colonnadebr>Charlemagne Wing

85. Basilissa, 84. Hippolytus

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

87. Juliana, 86. Paul

85. Basilissa, 84. Hippolytus


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