Location on South Colonnade

74. St. Vitus
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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St. Vitus - Martyr
Born - c.290 in Sicily
Died - c.303 in Lucania

Statue created - c.1702-1703
On 13 January 1702 he undertook to execute the statue, and delivered it on 14 March 1703.

Sculptor - Girolamo Gramignoli
He received 60 scudi for the statue and 20 for the dog.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
Depicted as a child, he bends to pat a dog, his traditional attribute.

Artistic work in stucco of the highest quality was rare at the end of the seventeenth century   This work is characterized by a semingly open and waving movement. 

The Roman Martyrology 2004 simply lists St Vitus as a martyr of Lucania at an unknown date. A legend has him repeatedly arrested and tortured during the fourth century, along with his tutor Modestus (75) and his nurse Crescenzia. He is a patron of epileptics.

  Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

75. Modestus, 74. Vitus

Saints on South Colonnade
Charlemagne Wing

77. Prudentiana, 76. Praxedes

75. Modestus, 74. Vitus


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


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