Saint Casilda Before Her Father

Oil on canvas
Cathedral of Burgos, Spain

The painting illustrates a legend in Burgos cathedral, where a chapel is dedicated to St. Casilda. The legend says that Casilda was the daughter of the Moslem king of Toledo. Every day she would go to the prison where her father held Christian captives with a basket of food. One day her father stopped her and demanded to know what was in her basket. She said "roses." He looked into the basket, and miraculously the bread had turned into roses.

The crooked and leafless tree in the background may be a metaphor for the religion from which the saint is emerging.

In the bottom left of the painting two prisoners look up at Casilda as she shows her father the roses.

Read more about St. Casilda.

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