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96. St. Dionysus
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St. Dionysus
Died - c.220

Feastday - 20 September
Removed from 2004 Roman Martyrology

Statue created - c.1665-1667
It was one of the 24 placed on the colonnade between September 1662 and March 1667.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Morelli was the most prolific of the artists working for Bernini on the colonnade statues, with over 45 of the saints attributed to him.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is represented in breastplate with a cloak that fall from the shoulders. He raises the right arm while the left holds the palm of martyrdom, which now remains only a stalk.

The legend of Dionysus involves a group of martyrs crucified at Perga in Pamphylia (now in Turkey). He was a soldier of the Roman army at the time of Antonius Pius that converted to Christianity upon witnessing the martyrdom of St Theodore.  

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

97. Laurence

96. . Dionysus

95. Pancras

 

Saint on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

96. . Dionysus

 

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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