Location on South Colonnade

112. St. Marcellus
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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South Curved Arm

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St. Marcellus - Pope
Born 255
Died - 16 January 309

Feastday - 16 January

Statue created - c.1668-1670
The statue is part of a group of 16 installed between May 1669 and August 1670.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Attribution to Morelli appears certain.  Here the palm of martyrdom and tiara are identical to Saints Martin (113), Sylvester (114) and Marcellinus (115)

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The Pope is represented beardless wearing a tiara,  and in pontifical vestments. He holds the palm of martyrdom and is in the act of bringing the right hand to his chest.

Marcellus was pope for six months.  Maxentius had him seized and sent into exile, where he worked as a slave in the stables.  His relics are at San Marcello al Corso in Rome.


Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

113. Martin

112. Marcellus

111 Peter Celestine

After 2014 Restoration

Saints on South Colonnade
Coat of Arms
Curved Arm

From Cupola of St Peter's


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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