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71. St. Bonaventure
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Bonaventure - Bishop
Born - c.1221
Died - 15 July 1274

Feastday - 15 July
Canonized - 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV

Statue created - c.1702-1703
Campi received the commission in June 1702 and delivered the statue in February 1703.

Sculptor - Pietro Paolo Campi
He received 80 scudi for the work.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is show with the insignia of episcopal authority as he was cardinal and bishop. He has a short beard that is divided into two under the chin.  With his left hand he holds a closed book, symbol of the more than 60 works written by him. On the plinth rests his cardinal's hat.

Bonaventure was an Italian medieval scholastic theologian and philosopher. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1588 by Pope Sixtus V.  

  Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing
near St Peter's Basilica

73. Marcellinus
72. Mark

71. Bonaventure

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing
near St Peter's Basilica

71. Bonaventure
on Far Right

 

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

 

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