Location on North Colonnade

38. St. Malchus
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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North Colonnade - Curved Arm

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St. Malchus of Syria
Died - c.390 

Statue created c. 1667-1668
Installed between May 1667 and July 1668. 

Sculptor - Giovanni Maria De Rossi
He was paid for eight statues from August 1667 to November 1668. Attributed to Rossi because of his elongated structure, and contours of drapery.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Along with St Benignus, this statue is derived from existing statues of Roman prisoners. These were often represented in pairs like the two saints placed here.

St Jerome knew St Malchus personally at Chalcis, in Syria. He had been kidnapped by Bedouin and sold as a slave. His captor give him a woman to be his wife, but they lived in continence for seven years before escaping together.  St Malchus then returned as a hermit to the Syrian Desert. 

Saints on North Colonnade

39. Mamas

38. Malchus

37. Benignus

Saints on North Colonnade
Below Apostolic Palace

  45. Justin
44, Catherine
43. Agnes
42. Genesius
41. Pontian
40. Columba
39. Mamas
38. Malchus
37. Benignus
36. Barbara


Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica of St. Peter's, July 2001
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