Location on North Colonnade

67. St. Rufus
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

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Constantinian Wing

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Colonnade Saints
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St. Rufus - companion of Zosimus
Died - c.107

Feastday - 17 October

Statue created - c.1702-1703
Payments were made to Tomassini from July 1702 to February 1703

Sculptor - Matteo Tomassini
He was paid 80 scudi for the statue, which is his only known work.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint wears a tunic, a part of which he holds in his left hand.  The right hand holds a palm of martyrdom that leans against his arm.

Saints Rufus and Zosimus lived in Antioch and were martyrs under the persecutions of emperor Trajan. They were companions of St Ignatius of Antioch during his journey as a prisoner to Rome where they all were martryed.


Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

69. Gervase
68, Protase

67. Rufus
66. Zosimus

Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

67. Rufus
66. Zosimus


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