Location on South Colonnade

104. St. Leo the Great
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
South Curved Arm

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Colonnade Saints
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St. Leo the Great - Pope from 440-461
Born - c.400
Died - 10 November 461

Feastday - 10 November

Sculptor - Giovanni Maria De Rossi
He received payments for five statues from December 1668 to December 1669. The statues made by De Rossi presented a greater adherence to the style of Bernini than those by previous sculptors.

Statue Installed - c.1669-1670
The statue is part of a group of 16 erectred between May 1669 and August 1670.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Represented in pontifical robes with a beard, his right hand is raised in the act of blessing.

The Holy Pontiff was particularly venerated in Rome where he had protected the city from looting with his famous meeting with Attila the Hun.

Devotion to the saint, like that of Popes Leo II, III and IV, spread during the 17th century following the translation of their relics in 1607 to a tomb in St Peter's Basilica. His major importance is as a Doctor of the Church. His intervention at the Council of Chalcedon in 451, where his Tome on the two natures in Christ was read and approved, was decisive.


Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

104. Leo the Great

103. Alexander

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

110. Clement - Far Left


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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