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«« Her Earthly Life, Saint Agatha

65 x 41, oil on canvas, 2008        $1,200.00

Saint Agatha is a Sicilian Christian who was martyred in 251.  She’s one of seven women, excluding the Virgin Mary, commemorated by name in the Cannon of Mass.

According to Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda Aurea of ca. 1288.  Having earlier dedicated her virginity to Christ the rich and noble Agatha rejected amorous advances from a low-born Roman prefect, Quintianus.  Spurned Quintianus persecuted Agatha for her Christian faith. She was given to Aphrodisia, the keeper of a brothel, and her nine daughters, but in response to their threats and entreaties to sacrifice to the idols and submit to Quintianus her utter refusal lead to her martyrdom.  One of the tortures put to Agatha was the removal of her breasts.  These wounds were healed by an apparition of Saint Thomas.