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76. St. Praxedes
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St. Praxedes
Died - c.165

Feastday - 21 July

Statue created - c.1702-1703
Brunetti undertook to execute the statue on 13 January 1702 and delivered it on 18 June 1703.

Sculptor - Francesco Maria Brunetti
He received payment of 80 scudi in 1703. It is the last known work of the sculptor.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
She is depicted with her traditional attribute, a vase used to collect the blood of the martyrs.

Legend states that she was a Roman maiden and sister of St Pudentiana (77).  They cared for Christians and buried their bodies during the persecutions of Marcus Antoninus.

The church of Santa Prassede was built in Rome in her honor, on the alleged site of her house.  She is an uncertain martyr, who may have been a high-status patron of the Roman titulus church under her name on the Esquiline Hill.

  Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

77. Prudentiana, 76. Praxedes

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

77. Prudentiana, 76. Praxedes

75. Modestus, 74. Vitus

 

Sources:
The Book of Saints, 2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le statue berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro, 1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.

 

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