Collection: St. Agatha

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Vergós Workshop – c. 1500

St. Agatha was a 3rd century Sicilian martyr of noble birth. According to legend she refused the solicitations of the pagan Roman senator Quinctanius who had her tortured for being a Christian. The Romans cut off her breasts and raked her over fiery coals. At this point an earthquake shook the town of Catania and Agatha was returned to prison where she died.

Her feast day is February 5.