Location on South Colonnade




72. St. Mark
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Mark - Martyr
Died - c. third century

Statue created - c.1702-1703
13 January 1702, Gallesini undertook to execute the statue, which was finished 26 February 1703.

Sculptor - Francesco Gallesini
He received a down payment of 10 scudi in 1702, the balance of 70 scudi in 1703. The only known sculpture by Gallesini.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The statue appears mediocre, but it's difficult to judge because of the poor state of preservation.

Sts Mark and Marcellian were martyrs of the persecution of Diocletian, c. 304, who were buried in the catacombs of Balbina on the Via Ardeatina.  The Roman Martyrology 2004 mentions the legend that they were twin brothers, by stating "their shared passion made them brothers". 

 

 Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing
leading up to St Peter's

(81) to (71)
 

81. Faustus, 80. Timothy

79. Sebastian, 78. Fabian

77. Prudentia, 76. Praxedes

75. Modestus, 74. Vitus

73. Marcellinus, 72. Mark

71. Bonaventure

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

73. Marcellinus, 72. Mark

71. Bonaventure

 

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

 

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