Anonymous Florentine Painter
St. Ignatius of Antioch

Tempera and oil on panel
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, bequest of J.W.E. vom Rath

Wearing the vestments of a medieval bishop, this 2nd-century saint holds a heart inscribed yhs, a form of the name of Jesus. The reference is to his declaration under torture: "I have this name written on my heart and therefore cannot stop invoking it."

The date 1486 is inscribed along the base, below the inscription · scs · igniazius · pischapus · et martirus, "St. Ignatius Bishop and Martyr."

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Source: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam via this page at Wikimedia Commons.