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Here’s something from St. Vito’s that is the most intriguing I’ve seen so far. I look forward to learning more about the artist, when he/she painted it, and what it means! Still more to come.















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Hi, John. An explanation about your photos. I see you photograph the picture I said in the past days. Well, as you can see it’s very intriguing and tells about the first moment our Christianity.


Photo #1 (unknown author 16th Century)
The martyrdom of this young alexandrine (St. Catherine) was famous because she was noble and cultured. She apologized her Christian faith against a lot of pagan philosophers and against the Emperor Massimiano Daia ( 4th century).
The picture represents the martyrdom’s moment, when she was broken on the wheel and then, after her death, a team of angels came to take the body of the young martyr and they brought it to the Sinai mountain, where today you can admire an ancient orthodox monastery dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria with her grave and relics. She was the first patron saint of Forio, before the veneration of St. Vito, in the ancient Christian cult of Ischia (5th century).

Photo #2 (author: Salvator Rosa - 17th Century)
Moment from Via Crucis, Jesus falls down the second time.

Photo #3 (Cesare Calise – 1636)
This picture represents St. Cecilia, St. Gennaro (Naples’ patron saint), bishop of Benevento, and the Trinity. St. Cecilia is the music patron saint, and you can see she’s playing. St. Gennaro has the blood’s ampulla. You know, every year, two times a year, in May and September, the St. Gennaro’s blood liquefy (I’ll tell you something about, one day. It’s very interesting).

Photo #4 (author A. Verde – 18th Century)
St. Mary Magdalene. You recognize her by the long hair and the ampulla with the oils.

Bye

I "Apologize" myself...

Sorry, but I think "to apologize" isn't correct, in the comment about Photo #1. I excuse myself for my bad english. The correct verb is "to defend" and the correct phrase is:

"She defended her Christian faith against a lot of pagan philosophers and against the Emperor Massimiano Daia ( 4th century)."

I intended this verb like the italian sense (or latin sense), but with a profound reflection (I always remember my english teacher!), I must not think like an italian, when I write english. Sorry, but as you can read, I sometime write like an italian.

Excuse me.
Bye.

Re: I "Apologize" myself...

No excuse necessary, Peppino! When I encountered the word I immediately thought of Cardinal Newman's Apologia pro Vita Sua, a work I know only by its title and reputation. Again I must say your comments are most welcomed and truly valued, and I hope that you'll feel free to share whenever it moves you.

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