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98. St. Stephen
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Stephen
Died - c.34 AD

Feastday - 26 December

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
The dates in the documents and stylistic evidence allows attribution to Morelli. There is a close affinity between this statue and St Laurence (97).

Statue created - c. 1662-1665
Sources state that on 3 October 1665 a pin was inserted to hold the statue.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Steven, like St Laurence, was a deacon and therefore shown with alb and dalmatic.  His extended right hand holds a stone, as he was stoned to death. His left hand holds the palm of martyrdom.

Traditionally regarded as the first martyr of Christianity, he was according the Act of the Apostles, a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Braccio Carlo Magno Entrance
Alexander VII Coat of Arms

98. Stephen

97. Laurence

96. . Dionysus

95. Pancras

Saints on South Colonnade
Braccio Carlo Magno Entrance
Alexander VII Coat of Arms

99. Romanus

98. Stephen

97. Laurence

 

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

 

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