11 works, Today, August 25th, is Saint Louis IX’s day, his story illustrated #237

Jules-Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911)
Saint Louis IX of France, c. 1897

Palais de Justice, Paris.

Louis IX (1214–1270), or St. Louis, was king of France from 1226 to 1270. One of the greatest French kings, he consolidated the Crown’s control over the great lords, proved his passion for justice, and went on two crusades…

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09 Works, Today, July 17th, is Greatmartyr Marina’s day, her story in art #198

Altarpiece of Saint Margaret. Dijon. 3a
Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664)
Saint Margaret of Antioch, between 1630 and 1634
Oil on canvas
Height: 194 cm (76.3 in); Width: 112 cm (44 in)
National Gallery, London

Greatmartyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch, in Pisidia, was born in southern Asia Minor, into the family of a pagan priest. In infancy she lost her mother, and her father gave her into the care of a nursemaid, who raised Marina in the Orthodox Faith. Upon learning that his daughter had become a Christian, the father angrily disowned her, adopted by her nurse, she lived in the country, keeping sheep with her foster mother…

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