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Attributed to manner of Ciampelli, Agostino (Italian painter, 1565-1630) , Saint Lucia

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Title Saint Lucia
Collection British Optical Association Museum, London
Artist Attributed to manner of Ciampelli, Agostino (Italian painter, 1565-1630)
Previously attributed to Furini, Francesco (Italian painter and poet, 1603-1646)
Previously attributed to Hoppner, John (British painter, 1758-1810) and studio
Date Earliest about 1700
Date Latest about 1800
Description St Lucia (St Lucy) is patron saint of Syracuse. Her two eyes are on the plate. Raised in a pious family, she pledged her life to God but, when she refused to marry, was denounced as a Christian to the governor of Sicily. The governor sentenced her to forced prostitution, but when guards went to fetch her, they could not move her. The governor ordered that she be killed but again after torture, including having her eyes torn out and attempting to set her on fire, she still remained alive. She was finally executed by being stabbed to death with a dagger.
Current Accession Number LDBOA1999.171
Subject figure; religion (St Lucia); still life
Measurements 118 x 88 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from A. S. Jones, 1939.
Publications Dioptric Review, April 1931, pl. 40; Avery-Quash, S. & Handley, N., Catalogue of Oil Paintings Collection with Paintings in other Media Appended, London, 2000, cat. no. 10, pp. 43-4.
Notes Susanna Avery-Quash believes that this figure is similar in style to other paintings of female saints by Ciampelli e.g. Santa Demetria (Santa Biblina, Rome) and Saint Elena. It is not clear from her catalogue on the collection whether the original seventeenth-century version is known.
Rights Owner College of Optometrists
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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