10 works, Today, November 6th, is Christina von Stommeln’s day, her story illustrated #308

Unknown artist
Christina von Stommeln, c. 1909

High altar of the Propsteikirche Mariä Himmelfahrt Jülich
Museum Zitadelle Jülich

Christina von Stommeln was a Beguine who was ascribed mystical experiences, so that she gained the reputation of holiness and was worshiped in the area of ​​the Duchy of Jülich and in the Archdiocese of Cologne…

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05 Works, Today, July 24th, is The Martyr Christina’s day, her story thru art #205

Francesco Furini (1)
Francesco Furini, Italian, 1603-1646, active in Florence and Rome
Saint Christina, c. 1640
Oil on canvas
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida

The Martyr Christina lived during the third century. She was born into a rich family, and her father was governor of Tyre. By the age of 11 the girl was exceptionally beautiful, and many wanted to marry her. Christina’s father, however, envisioned that his daughter should become a pagan priestess. To this end he placed her in a special dwelling where he had set up many gold and silver idols, and he commanded his daughter to burn incense before them. Two servants attended Christina…

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