Location on South Colonnade

124. St. Philip Neri
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
South East - Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
Floorplan #2

The History

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St. Philip Neri
Born - 21 July 1515
Died - 25 May 1595 in Rome

Feastday - 26 May
Canonized - 12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV

Statue created - c.1671
The statue is part of a group of 16 that were installed between August 1670 and March 1673.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
The statue is cited as a work of Morelli in the final payments of April and May 1671. The work was performed together with that of St Cajetan (122)

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The iconography is taken from previous images of the saint given by the artists Reni and Algardi. This expression of deep devotion and abandonment to the will of God was an essential component of the late Counter Revormation.

St Philip Neri, a Florentine, was known as the Apostle of Rome, and founded the Congregation of the Oratory.  His body is in the Chiesa Nuova in Rome.


Saints on South Colonnade

125. Charles Borromeo

124. Philip Neri

123. Philip Benizi

After 2014 Restoration

Saints on South Colonnade

124. Philip Neri

123. Philip Benizi


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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