Location on North Colonnade

54. St. Francis de Borja
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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St. Francis de Borja
Born - 28 October 1510
Died - 30 September 1572

Feastday - 30 September
Canonized - 1670 by Pope Clement X

Statue Installed - c.1702-1703
The artist agreed on 20 June 1702 to perform the work, and to deliver it by 27 August 1703.

Sculptor - Vincenzo Mariotti
He was paid 80 scudi in two instalments during 1703.
This is the only known sculpture of the artist.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is depicted with surplice and cope in adoration of the Eucharist above the cup he holds. At his feet is a crown, referring to his renunciation of the title Duke of Gandia.

Francis de Borja, a viceroy of Catalonia from 1539 to 1543, renounced the world and became a Jesuit after the death of his wife. This act was brought about by his meditating on the sight of his dead wife's body. He was the third Superior General of the Jesuits.


Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

  55. Francis de Sales
54. Francis Borgia
53. Nicholas of Tolentino
52. Nicholas of Bari

Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

55. Francis de Sales

54. Francis Borgia


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