Location on North Colonnade

4. St. Vitalis
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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North Curved Arm

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St Vitalis - Martyr
Died - c.171 in Ravenna

Feastday - 28 April

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
The statue is attributed to Morelli based on similarities with statues that are known to be from him. The drapery has a similar effect to his statue of Beneficence on the Tomb of Clement X

Statue completed - 1665-67
The statue was part of the group of 24 that were erected at the entrance of the north colonnade between September 1662 and March 1667.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint holds the palm of martyrdom in his left hand.

St Vitalis was an early Christian martyr and saint.  He was married to St Valeria, and they were supposedly the parents of Sts Gervase (69) and Protase (68). At Ravenna, by tradition a basilica was dedicated to him.

Saints Vitalis, Petronilla and Leonard at the entrance of the north colonnade
Saints Vitalis, Petronilla & Leonard

Saints Tecla and Vitalis on the north colonnade in St Peter's Square
Saints Tecla and Vitalis







Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica of St. Peter's, July 2001
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli ©1987 by de Luca Editore s.t.l.


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