Jacinto Vieira
St. Gertrude

Painted wood
Choir of the monastery church, Aruca

The statue confuses St. Gertrude of Hackenborn, who was an abbess and thus had a crozier, with St. Gertrude of Helfta, whose attribute is the symbol of the burning heart and Christ Child that we see on the breast of this statue.

This is one of a series of Benedictine female saints that Vieira made for the choir.

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