Born - 1181
Died - 3 October 1226
- 4 October
Canonized - 1228 by Pope Gregory IX
Installed - 1668
The statue is part of group of 16 built
between July and December 1668.
Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Morelli received the most
commissions for the colonnade statues, with over 45 saints
attributed to him.
- 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Francis is dressed in a heavy robe tied at the waist by a
cord. The right hand holds a cross that rests on his
shoulder. On his right side a rosary is attached to his
belt. The statue is linked to St Bernard (18) for the compact
and simplified habit.
founded the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), the women's
Order of St Clare, and the Third Order of St Francis for men
and women not able to live as itinerant preachers.
Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica
of St. Peter's, July 2001
Le statue berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro, ©1987 by de Luca
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