Location on North Colonnade




131. St. Joseph
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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South Colonnade - Curved Arm

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St. Joseph
Born - first century BC
Died - first century AD

Feastday - 19 March

Statue created - 1671-1672
The statue is among the group of 16 that were installed between August 1670 and March 1673

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Morelli received 80 scudi for the statue with the final payment in January 1672.  It was probably begun in December of the previous year.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is dressed in a tunic and cloak, and brings the right hand to his chest.  He holds a flowery stick that has been transformed into a lily branch, an allusion to victory over other pretenders to the hand of the Virgin Mary. This story has its origin in the Golden Legend.

St Joseph was the husband of Mary, and foster father of Jesus.  He appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

 

Saints on South Colonnade

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131. Joseph

Saints on South Colonnade

131. Joseph

130. Peter Nolasco

 

Sources:
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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