Postcrossing: Seppellimento Santa Lucia from Italy

First postcard direct swap from Pietro in Italy, a beautiful piece of art themed postcard.  Seppellimento Santa Lucia or Burial of Saint Lucy is a painting by the Italian artist Caravaggio. The original painting can be located in the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia located on the Piazza Duomo in Syracuse, Sicily.

According to The Golden Legend, Saint Lucy had bestowed her wealth on the poor, in gratitude for the miraculous healing of her mother. Denounced as a Christian, she refused to recant, offered her chastity to Christ, and was sentenced to be dragged to a brothel. Miraculously, nothing could move her from the spot where she stood. She was pierced by a knife in the throat and, where she fell, the church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro in Syracuse was built.

Caravaggio painted it in 1608, for the Franciscan church of Santa Lucia al Sepolcro. The choice of subject was driven by the fact that St. Lucy was the patron saint of Syracuse and had been interred below the church. (wikipedia)

From: Pietro P
Country: Italy
Postcard series: Siracusa, Seppellimento Santa Lucia (Burial of Saint Lucy) by Caravaggio
Category: Postcard Direct Swap via Facebook
Received: April 2014

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