Location on North Colonnade

136. St. Hilarion
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
South Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
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St. Hilarion
Born - 291
Died - 371 in Cyprus

Feastday - 21 October

Statue created - c.1662-1667
The statue is part of the group of 24 that were installed between September 1662 and March 1667.

Sculptor - unknown
The work is not attributable to any other sculptors who made statues for this area.  The quality, above mediocre, is akin to two other statues in this area - St Jerome (137) and St Theobald (139)

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
He is depicted according to tradition, with a beard and wrapped in large drapery. He holds his robe with his right hand, while the left hand is open and stretched forward.

St. Hilarion was from Gaza in the Holy Land, and became a disciple of St Anthony while studying at Alexandria in Egypt.  He then became a monastic hermet near Gaza, and founded several monasteries with the disciples whom he attracted. According to St Jerome, who wrote his biography, he did much journeying in the latter part of his life. 


Saints on South Colonnade

136. Hilarion

135. Bruno

134. Louis Bertrán

Saints on South Colonnade

139. Theobald

138. Theodore

137. Jerome

136. Hilarion


The Book of Saints, ©2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli ©1987 by de Luca Editore


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