Agostino Ciampelli (1578-1640)
St. Anastasia

The Gesù, Rome

In western images St. Anastasia's attribute is a flame either on the palm of her hand or in a bowl held in her hand. Her status as a martyr is signified by the palm branch.

In the Golden Legend's account Anastasia was given in marriage to three husbands, one after another, all of them pagans. But she resisted each of them and preserved her virginity, so Ciampelli gives her the unveiled head of blond hair conventional in Italian images of virgin martyrs. In other images she is more often pictured with her head covered.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.