Paolo Veronese, Saint Agatha in Prison

1566
Oil painting
In the left nave of the church of San Pietro Martire (St. Peter of Verona) at Murano (Venice, Italy)

Veronese seems to be picturing the moment in the Golden Legend when Peter reveals himself to Agatha. Up till then, she has been cool to the old man's offer of help, explaining that she looks only to Christ as her healer. This seems to be expressed in the way she pulls her body away from Peter and the angel, her left arm gathering up her garments as if to shield her wounded chest from them. Then his reply, "I am his apostle…know that you are healed" is expressed in the right hand that points heavenward and the left that holds "the keys of the kingdom" that are his attribute.

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Source: Giovanni dall'Orto via Wikimedia Commons