Saturday, 17 August 2013

Cute Catholic Saints: Saint Agatha

My first thoughts as a kid of 9 upon seing a painting showing Sant'Agata (Saint Agatha of Sicily):
-Oh, she's offering sweets... Oh wait they're her... BREASTS? Why?
Thus I found out about martyrdom. Gory business. So I'll just leave it to you to understand why she's holding her severed breasts on a tray (while miraculously contrieving to still have a pair in the right place).

Aside from that, Saint Agata is one of the oldest martyrs we know about, and over time has come to represent a few different concepts, or expertise areas, like "breast cancer patients, martyrs, wet nurses, rape victims, sterility, bell-founders, bakers, fire, earthquakes, and eruptions of Mount Etna."

On the grand days of her festival (3 to 5 of February, plus the 17th of August) in Catania, a special treat is prepared: "minne di Sant'Aita", sort of breast-shaped pastry.


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Davy said...

i Love these drawings. Would love to see a St Michael the Archangel, a Mary and a Joseph. let me know.

Giulia said...

Dear Davy,
thank you for your comment and for appreciating my little saints.
Sorry for the delay in replying but I was away from the keyboard in the last couple of weeks.
As for the next planned saints in this series, I have to say my initial idea was to stick to martyrs, but then I decided to include some of the patron saints of my native Italy's towns, because of their folkloric value and intersting and little known stories. For instance I want to draw Saint Vitus sometime soon.
The overall idea though is to draw minor figures of the catholic faith, unlike the Holy Mary and Joseph. I might give second thought to the angel, actually :)
On the other hand, if you want to commission and pay for those other drawings you asked for, I can let you know my working rate and we can find a deal (I'm writing to you also from my private email).
Once again, thank you for being in touch.