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77. St. Pudentiana
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St. Pudentiana
Died - second century

Statue Installed - c.1702-1703
For this work Morelli received payments from 1702 until July 1703

Sculptor - Paolo Morelli
In Morelli's career, this statue was made around the time he created statues for the church and convent of La Maddalena.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
She is often depicted with an iconography associated with the cult of the martyrs.  Here she raises a sponge used to collect the blood of the martyrs.

Legend states that she was a Roman maiden, daughter of St Pudens and sister of St Praxedes (76).  They cared for Christians and buried their bodies during the persecutions of Marcus Antoninus.

Despite being in the Tridentine Missal and having a church dedicated to her in Rome, she was removed from the Roman Martyrology, 2001.  Her uncertain status is the result of not being listed in the earliest martyrologies.

  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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