June 29th is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, the two patron saints of Rome.
There are images of the two saints throughout the Eternal City, but my favourite pair casually recline above the entrance to the Palazzo del Quirinale. The statues (c. 1615) are the work of Stefano Maderno (St Peter) and Guglielmo Berthelot (St Paul).
The two saints are distinguished by their traditional attributes: St Paul holds a sword, while St Peter clutches a pair of keys.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
small-group walking tours
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