Location on South Colonnade




114. St. Sylvester
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Silvester
Papacy began - 31 January 314
Died - 31 December 335

Feastday -  31 December

Statue created - c.1668-1670
The statue is part of a group of 16 installed between May 1669 and August 1670.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
Morelli carved this statue as part of a homogeneous group which includes numbers (111) to (115)

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The pope holds his cope with his left hand, and his right holds a bowl in memory of the baptism of the Emperor Constantine.

During his pontificate, Constantine founded several churches in Rome - St John Lateran, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and Old St Peter's.  Though some art in Rome depicts him baptizing Constantine, the emperor was baptized at Nicomedia in Turkey, after this pope had died.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

114. Sylvester 

113. Martin

112. Marcellus

After 2014 Restoration

Saints on South Colonnade
Curved Arm

114. Sylvester - Far Left 

 

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 s.t.l.

 

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