Location on South Colonnade




130. St. Peter Nolasco
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade



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South Colonnade - Curved Arm

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St. Peter Nolasco
Born - 1189
Died - 1245

Feastday - 6 May
Canonized - 1628 by Pope Urban VIII

Statue created - c.1672-1673
This one of the group installed between August 1670 and March 1673.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
In addition to the colonnade saints that Morelli carved, he worked on Bernini's Monument to Alexander VII, the Angel with the Scourge on Ponte Sant'Angelo, the horse and lion for the Fountain of Four Rivers, and numerous others.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint wears a long beard and holds a double cross in his right hand. He is clothed in a tunic with hood and scapular. The clasp in front is the shield of Aragon that was donated as a distinctive emblem by James I.

Peter Nolasco was tutor to the young king, James I of Aragon.  He founded the Mercedarians (Order of Our Lady of Mercy) in order to assist and ransom Christians enslaved by Muslims.

 

Saints on South Colonnade

132. Romuald

131. Joseph

130. Peter Nolasco

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

98. Stephen - Far Right

 

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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