Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow (1207-1231): The Iconography

St. Elizabeth, daughter of the King of Hungary and wife of the Landgrave of Thuringia, was a Franciscan tertiary who was noted for her works of charity, so she is often shown dressed in a Franciscan habit giving food or other assistance to the poor (example) or in portraits with a basket of bread (example) or flowers (example).1  Being of royal birth and marriage, she is sometimes shown with a crown, such as the very modest one at left.

Feast day: November 17

At left, portrait by Simone Martini

Golden Legend #168: html or pdf
"St. Elizabeth's Life," Bokenham,175-95



1Butler (IV 388) notes Elizabeth's entry into the Third Order of St. Francis. Other details are covered in the Golden Legend.