05 works, Today, December 17th, is Saint Florian’s, day, his story, illustrated #350

Martin Johann Schmidt
St Florian extinguishing a fire, c. 1786

Oil on canvas
96.2 x 74.5 cm
Private collection

Saint Florian was born around 250 AD in the ancient Roman city of Aelium Cetium, present-day Sankt Pölten, Austria. He joined the Roman Army and advanced in the ranks, rising to commander of the imperial army in the Roman province of Noricum. In addition to his military duties, he was also responsible for organizing and leading firefighting brigades. Florian organized and trained an elite group of soldiers whose sole duty was to fight fires…

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