Location on North Colonnade

59. St. Celsus
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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Constantinian Wing

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Colonnade Saints
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St. Celsus

Died - c. Early Fourth Century

Statue Installed - c.1702-1703
On 14 May 1702 Cristelli undertook to execute the statue, which was finished 25 March 1703

Sculptor - Pietro Cristelli
During 1703 he received the payment of 80 scudi.
This is the only known monumental work of the artist.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The martyr was a youth, and according with Roman tradition wears a short tunic with his cloak and sandals. His right hand points to the Vatican Basilica, his left holds the palm of martyrdom.

This saint was supposedly martyred in Antinoe in the fourth century along with St Julian (58) and Basilissa. Due to lack of historical information, the Roman Martyrology 2001 does not mention him.


Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

61. Vincent,
60. Anastasius

59. Celsus
58. Julian

Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

59. Celsus - Far Left


Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica of St. Peter's, July 2001
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli ©1987 by de Luca Editore


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