Friday, January 16, 2009

St. Gallicanus

I became fascinated with the statues on the collonade of St. Peter's square in Rome today while doing some research. I decided I would share the identity of the 140 saints with my readers. I want to try to show the statues themselves but cannot access all of them, yet. We'll see how it goes. (St. Macrina from a previous post is one of the 140 also).

Here is the first seen on the eastern wing of the portico. Without further ado. I present St. Gallicanus...

"He is also referred to as St. Gallicanus of Ostia. As the first statue on the right (north) colonnade, St. Gallicanus doesn't actually face into the Square, but toward the front opening. His statue was carved between 1670-1673 by Lazzaro Morelli, who was the most prolific of the artists working for Bernini on the colonnade statues, with over 45 of the saints attributed to him."

From Catholic Encyclopedia
Roman Martyr in Egypt, 362-363, under Julian. According to his Acts (in "Acta SS.", June, VII, 31),...he was a distinguished general in the war against the Persians, was consul with Symmachus, 333 (perhaps also once before with Bassus, 317). After his conversion to Christianity he retired to Ostia, founded a hospital and endowed a church built by Constantine. Under Julian he was banished to Egypt, and lived with the hermits in the desert. A small church was built in his honour in the Trastevere of Rome. His relics are at Rome in the church of Sant' Andrea della Valle. The legend of his conversion was dramatized by Roswitha.

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