8 x 12"
oil on panel
From the Art Institute of Chicago, a man stands beneath the enormous painting by Francisco de Zurbararan of 'Saint Romanus of Antioch and Saint Barulas'.
To make a long story short, Saint Romanus was a Syrian Martyr, arrested for his denouncing of idol-worshipping and called on to follow Christ. The governor of Antioch, after arresting and torturing the Saint and attempting to kill him by a public burning (a sudden gust of rain extinguished the fire), he then gave orders to cut out his tongue.
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