Wilhelm Borremans, St. Euphemia

Church of Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, Palermo, Sicily

This is one of a number of head-and-shoulders portraits of female saints that Borremans painted for the vault at the entrance to the nave when the church served a convent of nuns (Santoro, 52-55). The artist apparently favored blondes. His portraits on the vault of Saints Apollonia and Rosalia are also blonde.

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Photographed at the church by Claire Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.