Died - c.220
Feastday - 20 September
Removed from 2004 Roman Martyrology
created - c.1665-1667
It was one of the 24 placed on the
colonnade between September 1662 and March 1667.
- 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.
- 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
Saint on South Colonnade
The Book of Saints, ©2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le statue berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro, ©1987 by de Luca
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