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The Martyrdom of Saint Eulalia
Marble. 1753 - 1759
Michel, Roberto
The Martyrdom of Saint Eulalia
Marble. 1753 - 1759
Michel, Roberto

The saint is possibly Eulalia (292-304 AD), a Christian martyr from Mérida whose terrible torture on the order of the prefect Dacian included being whipped and having lighted torches applied to her wounds. One of the most venerated saints in the eighteenth century, Eulalia is recognisable by the dove which, according to Prudentius, flew up to heaven on her death.Within the sculptural progra

Saint Ildefonso and Saint Leocadia
Marble. 1753 - 1760
Michel, Roberto
Saint Ildefonso and Saint Leocadia
Marble. 1753 - 1760
Michel, Roberto

This relief depicts the two patron saints of Toledo. The seventh-century Archbishop Ildefonso is seen kneeling and witnessing the miraculous opening of the tomb of the fourth-century martyr Leocadia. Ildefonso cut off a piece of her veil and kept it as a relic. A French sculptor working in Spain, in 1785 Michel became director of the Academia de San Fernando.Within the sculptural programme commiss

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