Anonymous Illuminator - The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and her Companions (c. 1280)
Giuliano Bugiardini - The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1530-1540)
Nicolás Francés and workshop - The Martyrdom of St. John the Evangelist
Master of Sir John Fastolf - Saint Denis Holding His Head (c 1430 - 1440)
A cephalophore (from the Greek for “head-carrier”) is a saint who is generally depicted carrying his or her own head; in art, this was usually meant to signify that the subject in question had been martyred by beheading. Handling the halo in this circumstance offers a unique challenge for the artist. Some put the halo where the head used to be; others have the saint carrying the halo along with the head. The term “cephalophore” was first used in a French article by Marcel Hébert, “Les martyrs céphalophores Euchaire, Elophe et Libaire”, in Revue de l’Université de Bruxelles, v. 19 (1914).
Here’s a collection of some of my songs from the past ten years or so. Enjoy.
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