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The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia
Oil on copperplate. 1600 - 1603
Reni, Guido
The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia
Oil on copperplate. 1600 - 1603
Reni, Guido

Saint Apollonia was one of the virgins martyred in Alexandria (Egypt) in the third century, A.D. during the religious persecution of Christians. In this small plate on copper, the Bolognese painter captures the moment when two henchmen torture the saint, who is tied to a post, by extracting her teeth with large pliers. That explains why this tool (sometimes including teeth) is her customary attrib

Saint Apollonia in Prayer
Oil on copperplate. 1600 - 1603
Reni, Guido
Saint Apollonia in Prayer
Oil on copperplate. 1600 - 1603
Reni, Guido

This companion work to the Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia (P214) illustrates the subsequent episode, when, after violently pulling out her teeth, her torturers light a bonfire and threaten to burn her alive unless she exactly repeats their impious utterances. Instead, Apollonia prefers to throw herself onto the fire. Here, we see the moment when, in a state of ecstasy, with arms crossed over her bos

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