The statuettes relate to the series of 12 Apostles originally made for Siena Cathedral to be placed against main columns of the nave to replace a set of Trecento sculpts then considered crude and rough.

Commission given by Cardinal Flavio Chigi - Mazzuoli, his protege. Statues in place by 1695, by 1879 they were felt to be out of place so removed and presented to the Brompton Oratory in 1895.

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