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The Martyrdom of St. Barbara  1500

by Master of the Joseph Sequence

The main source for the life of St. Barbara is the "Golden Legend (Legenda Aurea)," a 14th-century compilation of stories associated with the feast days of the Church calendar. In the early 4th century, at a time of persecution of the Christians, Barbara, a beautiful virgin, was said to have been hidden away in a tower by her pagan father in order to keep away suitors. Wit...
H: 39 x W: 14 3/4 x D: 1 3/16 in. (99 x 37.5 x 3 cm)
oil on wood
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum