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74. St. Vitus
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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

 

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

 

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