The Martyrdom of the Seven Sons of Saint Felicity, Francesco Trevisani, 1709

The Martyrdom of the Seven Sons of Saint Felicity, Francesco Trevisani, 1709

oil on canvas, h 75cm × w 62.6cm. More details

The most prominent cardinal in Rome ordered this painting as a gift for a French minister and his wife, whose name, Catherine Félicité, inspired the choice of subject. The Christian martyr Saint Felicity –here in a yellow gown –was forced to witness the martyrdom of her seven sons before herself being beheaded. Trevisani included two self-portraits: as the standing man at left, and as the man looking out at us from behind the statue at right.

On display in room 1.4

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