Location on North Colonnade

70. St. Thomas Aquinas
The 140 Saints of the Colonnade

Location Area
Constantinian Wing
Against St Peter's

The Square

Vatican City

Colonnade Saints
Floorplan #2

The History

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St. Thomas Aquinas
Born - 28 January 1225 in Roccasecca
Died - 7 March 1274 in Fossanova

Feastday - 28 January
Canonized - 1323 by Pope John XXII

Statue created - c.1702-1703
Protopapa received 80 scudi for work on the statue from November 1702 to December 1703.

Sculptor - Girolamo Protopapa
This is the only known work of the sculptor.  The artistic opinion has not been favorable due to the heavy structure of this statue.

Height - 3.1 m. (10ft 4in) travertine
The saint wearing the Dominican habit, holds the open book of his Summa in his left hand.  His right hand stretches toward St Peter's Basilica, and on his chest is a radiated sun.

The Dominican priest is considered the Church's greatest philosopher and theologian. He is known as the "Angelic Doctor".


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

70. Thomas Aquinas

69. Gervase
68. Protase

Saints on North Colonnade
Constantinian Wing

near St Peter's Basilica
below Sistine Chapel


70. Thomas Aquinas

69. Gervase 

67. Rufus
66. Zosimus

65. Cosmas
64. Damian


Roma Sacra - San Pietro in Vaticano, Itineraries 21-22, ©Fabbrica of St. Peter's, July 2001
Le Statue Berniniani del Colonnato di San Pietro by Valentino Martinelli ©1987 by de Luca Editore


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