Collection: St. Helena

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Cima da Conegliano – c. 1495

The subject of this artwork is the mother of the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, who adopted Christianity in 313 A.D. According to legend, she found in the Holy Land the True Cross on which Christ was crucified.

Cima, a close follower of Giovanni Bellini, worked for most of his career in the Alpine region north of Venice. In the background of this perfectly preserved artwotk there is a landscape of the region near the artist's birthplace, Conegliano.

Her feast day is August 18.