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Saint Eulalia

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Waterhouse exhibited this picture at the Royal Academy in 1885 with the following note: 'Prudentius says that the body of St Eulalia was shrouded "by the miraculous fall of snow when lying in the forum after her martyrdom."' Saint Eulalia was martyred in 304AD for refusing to make sacrifices to the Roman gods. The method of her death was particularly gruesome: two executioners tore her body with iron hooks, then lighted torches were applied to her breasts and sides until finally, as the fire caught her hair, she was suffocated.

Tate Britain

London


Date

exhibited 1885

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 188.6 x W 117.5 cm

Accession number

N01542

Acquisition method

Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

Work type

Painting


Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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