Location on North Colonnade

29. St. Marcian
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
North Colonnade - Curved Arm

The Square

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Colonnade Saints
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St. Marcian
Died - c. late third century

Feastday - 5 June

Statue created - 1667-1668
It is part of the group of 16 sculpted between May 1667 and Luly 1668.

Sculptor - Lazzaro Morelli
The formal treatment of the statue indicates Morelli as the author.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The beard and hair find a clear response in St Gaetano (122) and St Joseph (131)

The iconography of the statue and placement between martyrs who died in the time of Diocletian, allow identification of St Marcian, who is remembered along with Nicander and Apollonius in the Roman Martyrology. They were allegedly severely tortured and locked into a walled courtyard were they died of exposure.

Saints on North Colonnade

29. Marcian and 28. Nilammon

Saints on North Colonnade

30. Eusignius

29. Marcian

28. Nilammon


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