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Matyrdom of St Justine
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16th Century
Born 1528 Italy, Died 1588
Matyrdom of St Justine
[Martirio di Santa Giustina]
Oil on canvas
104 x 138 cm  [HxW]
Musei D'Arte, Padova

Justine of Padua became a martyr to the Christian faith when she was killed by a sword in her breast. Emperor Maximian, who ordered her persecution, sits high on his throne. Saints appeared to Justine in a vision. The dog appears in many of Veronese’s paintings and such profane inclusions in religious works caused him to be questioned by the Inquisition about his decorum. Veronese’s claim to absolute right of artistic licence remains famous as a defence case.

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