Location on South Colonnade




118. St. Beatrice
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Beatrice - Virgin and Martyr
Died - c.302
Feastday - 29 July

Statue created - c.1665-1666
This statue is part of a group of 24 installed above the colonnade entrances. The Alexander VII Coat of Arms that is adjacent was installed on 1 July 1666.

Sculptor - Unknown
The statue has a rough style and is not attributed to any known sculptor working on the group above the entrances.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine

Simplicius, Faustina and Beatrice are a group of martyrs who died in Rome during the Diocletian persecution.  They are remembered in the Hieronymite Martyrology on 29 July, but because of limited information are excluded from the General Roman Calendar. 

The Roman Martyrology 2004 has a revised entry as: "Rome, at the third milestone on the Via Portuense, in the catacomb of Generosa, SS Simplicius, Faustinus, Viatrix and Rufus, martyrs." Therefore, Beatrix is thought to be a manuscript corruption of the name Viatrix.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Alexander VII Coat of Arms
Vatican Obelisk on Left

120. Hyacinth

119. Theodora

118. Beatrice

117. Catherine of Siena

116. Galla

Saints on South Colonnade
Alexander VII Coat of Arms

119. Theodora

118. Beatrice

 

Sources:
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 s.t.l.

 

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