Location on South Colonnade




109. St. Leo IV
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Leo IV - Pope
Born - 790
Died - 17 July 855 in Rome

Feastday - 17 July 

Sculptor - unknown
Based on the documents and stylistic features perhaps the work could be attributed, but it has been very damaged by time. However, it seem closest to the school of Algardi.

Statue created - c.1669-1670
The statue is part of a group of 16 installed between 1 May 1669 and 5 August 1670

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
He is depicted in a cope with the papal tiara, and in the act of blessing.

Leo fortified Rome by building the walls around the Borgo and the Vatican, thus creating the Leonine City. He formed an alliance against the Saracens that defeated them at the Battle of Ostia in 849. These raiders had plundered St Peter's in 846.

Leo is the subject of the fresco in the Stanze of Raphael, The Fire in the Borgo.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

110. Clement

109. Leo IV

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

111 Peter Celestine

110. Clement

109. Leo IV

After 2014 Restoration

 

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 s.t.l.

 

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