St Peter's: The Thirty-Nine Statues
Set into niches in the nave, tribune and transepts of St Peter's Basilica are the statues of thirty-nine saints. What the saints have in common is that they all founded religious congregations.
The statues are by a variety of sculptors, none of whom will be familiar to anyone outside the hallowed circles of art history, and were mostly carved in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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