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93. St. Crescentius
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St. Crescentius
Born - c.292
Died - c.303

Feastday - 14 September, removed from the 2004 Roman Martyrology

Sculptor - Jean-Baptiste Theodon
He was paid 80 scudi for each of his statues and 20 scudi for attributes.

Statue created - c.1703
Theodon was commissioned for three statues which he delivered before 3 August 1703. He was engaged in several works for the Vatican Basilica.
 
Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is depicted as a Roman soldier with helmet, armor and cloak. He once held a spear in his left hand, removed in the 1792 restoration.

St Crescentius, according to legend, was the young son of a Roman patrician couple who fled to Perugia in the persecution of Diocletian. There the father St Euthemius died of natural causes, but Crescentius was brought back to Rome to be executed on
the Via Salaria. The problem is that he was eleven
years old, too young to be a Roman soldier.. He is sometimes associated with St George (48), because he is shown stepping on the legendary dragon.

 

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

93. Crescentius, 92. Andrew Corsini


Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

93. Crescentius, 92. Andrew Corsini

Media on colonnade - Easter 2006

 

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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