Recognising saints: eyes

Eyes are the common attribute of Saint Lucy

Legend has it that Saint Lucy either plucked out her own eyes to avoid marriage to a pagan, or had her eyes put out by the Emperor Diocletian as part of her martyrdom.

Carlo Crivelli, 'Saint Lucy', about 1476
Carlo Crivelli, Saint Lucy, about 1476

 

Eyes are also an attribute of Saint Ottilia of Alsace, a Dominican nun. Her blindness was miraculously cured during her baptism.

 
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