domingo, 21 de agosto de 2016
Charles Sprague Pearce (American painter) 1851 - 1914
Sainte Geneviève, ca. 1887
pil on canvas
167.64 x 208.28 cm. (5' 6" x 6' 10")
Collection of Peter Rudolph (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States)
Saint Genevieve (Sainte Geneviève) (ca. 419/422 - 502/512), in Latin Sancta Genovefa, from Germanic keno (kin) and wefa (wife), is the patron saint of Paris in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition. Her feast is kept on 3 January.
She was born in Nanterre and moved to Paris after encountering Germanus of Auxerre and Lupus of Troyes and dedicated herself to a Christian life. In 451 she led a "prayer marathon" that was said to have saved Paris by diverting Attila's Huns away from the city. When Childeric I besieged the city in 464 and conquered it, she acted as an intermediary between the city and its conqueror, collecting food and convincing Childeric to release his prisoners. Her cult and her status as patron saint of Paris were promoted by Clotilde, who may have commissioned the writing of her vita. This was most likely written in Tours, where Clotilde retired to after her husband's death, as evidenced also by the importance of Martin of Tours as a saintly model