Location on South Colonnade




97. St. Laurence
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Laurence of Rome
Born - c.225
Died - c.258 in Rome

Feastday - 10 August

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
A close affinity with the statue of St Stephen (98) shows that both were by the same hand.

Statue created - c.1665-1667
It was one of the 24 placed on the colonnade between September 1662 and March 1667

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Held next to him is the gridiron that was his instrument of torture.

The young deacon,  one of the seven of Pope Sixtus II, was martyred under Valerian in Rome. He has been described as the most popular Roman martyr throughout history.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

97. Laurence

96. . Dionysus

95. Pancras

Saints on South Colonnade
Braccio Carlo Magno Entrance

97. Laurence

Beside the Alexander VII Coat of Arms

 

Sources:
The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le statue berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro, 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.

 

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