|Saint Ansanus (Died ca.
304): The Iconography
Called "the Baptiser," Ansanus was a youth who preached the Christian religion in Siena, Italy. According to the legends he was denounced by his own father during the persecution of Diocletian, tortured, and beheaded.1
Portraits of St. Ansanus are all very much like the one at left: a beardless youth in a "page boy" haircut.2 He almost always holds something in one or both hands – often a palm branch, a standard sometimes, sometimes a small cross.
Feast day: December 1
Hagiography: See Baluze, IV, 60-67, for a series of breviary lessons (in Latin) that cover the saint's life, death, and translation.