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91. St. Constance
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St. Constance - Martyr
Died - c.68 AD

Feastday - 19 September

Sculptor - Sillano Sillani
He received a down payment of 20 scudi in November 1702, and the balance of 60 scudi in July 1703. Among the various works made or restored by Sillani, this is the only know example.  There are documented activities of his restoration work of antique marbles for the Chigi.

Statue created - c.1702-1703
On 13 January 1702, the artist committed to the statue, and delivered it on 19 April 1703.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is represented in simple dress tied at the waist.  The right hand rests on the chest, while the left holds the palm of martyrdom.

The tradition identifies Constance and Felix as brother and sister who were martyred during the persecution of Nero. Because of conflicts in the ancient sources, their historical details are uncertain.  Their names have been removed from the 2004 Roman Martyrology.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

94. Pelagia

93. Crescentius, 92. Andrew Corsini

91. Constance, 90. Felix

After 2014 Restoration

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

91. Constance, 90. Felix

After 2014 Restoration 

 

Sources:
The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le statue berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro, 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.

 

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