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The Martyrdom of Saint Agatha; Saint Agnes; Saint Cecilia; Saint Lucy; Saint Catherine

Unknownabout 1300

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

On this page of the Litany, a series of invocations to favored saints, the first saint appealed to is Saint Agatha: S[an]c[t]a Agatha ora pro nobis (Saint Agatha, pray for us). The pattern is followed for the prayers to Agnes, Cecilia, Lucy, and Catherine of Alexandria. The images of the saints are aligned with the appropriate text on the left. Each saint is identifiable either by an action associated with her or an emblem she holds. For example, on the top right, Saint Agatha, tied to a stake, has her breasts cut off. The elegant, linear quality of the draftsmanship makes even scenes of torture appear elegant.

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  • Title: The Martyrdom of Saint Agatha; Saint Agnes; Saint Cecilia; Saint Lucy; Saint Catherine
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1300
  • Location Created: Northeastern France, France
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 26.4 x 18.3 cm (10 3/8 x 7 3/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 3, fol. 105v
  • Object Type: Folio
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. Ludwig IX 3, fol. 105v
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Manuscripts

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