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The Martyrdom of the Blessed Signoretto Alliata  1796

by Giuseppe Cades

Signoretto Alliata was a nobleman of Pisa who spent his life on Sicily, working in hospitals. Late in life, he became a hermit and lived in seclusion in a deserted place on the shore. According to legend, he received his martyrdom near his dwelling at the hands of a band of North African pirates. In the painting, the pirates can be recognized as Muslims by their turbans. T...
H: 19 15/16 x W: 19 15/16 in. (50.6 x 50.6 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum