Location on North Colonnade

69. St. Gervase
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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Constantinian Wing

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
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The History

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St. Gervase
Died - c. second century

Feastday - 19 June

Statue created - c.1702-1703
The statue was commissioned in January 1702 and delivered in July 1703.

Sculptor - Giuseppe Raffaelli
Raffaelli reveived 80 scudi for the work. The statue does not have stylistic comparisons with other works by the sculptor.
Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint is presented in Roman dress, and holding the palm of martyrdom. The drapery of the cloak, which falls in soft folds, is considered quite successful.

St  Gervase was martyred in Milan together with his brother St Protase (68), during the second century. They are the patron saints of Milan.

Much of what we know of them, relies on a dream by St Ambrose.  The Roman Martyrology 2004 entry for 19 June reads: "The commemoration of Sts Gervase and Protase, martyrs, whose bodies were found by St Ambrose and transferred to a newly built basilica on this day with much solemn ceremony."


Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing
near St Peter's Basilica

70. Thomas Aquinas

69. Gervase 

Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

69. Gervase
68. Protase


Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica of St. Peter's, July 2001
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