Location on South Colonnade




119. St. Theodora
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade


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St. Theodora - Martyr
Died - c.120

Feastday - 1 April

Statue created - c.1662-1667
This statue is part of a group of 24 installed above the colonnade entrances from September 1662 to May 1667. The Alexander VII Coat of Arms that is nearby was installed on 1 July 1666.

Sculptor - Jacomo Antonio Fancelli
Fancelli received payments from August to December 1666. His classical forms can also be seen in his virtue stuccos in St Peter's - c.1647

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint has no special attributes.  She is dressed in the classical style that Bernini had elaborated, and holds a palm in the right hand.  The same setting is found in the mirror image St Galla (116).

Likely identified with the St Theodora, who according to the old Roman Martyrology was martyred during the reign of Hadrian, and was the sister of the martyr Hermes.  Due to a lack of historical information, she has been removed from the Roman Martyrology 2004.

 

Saints on South Colonnade
Alexander VII Coat of Arms

119. Theodora

118. Beatrice



Saints on South Colonnade
Alexander VII Coat of Arms
Vatican Obelisk on Left

120. Hyacinth

119. Theodora

118. Beatrice

117. Catherine of Siena

116. Galla

 

 

 

 

Sources:
The Book of Saints, İ2002 Edited by Dom Basil Watkins, OSB
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli İ1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.

 

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