Madonna and Child with Saints

Museo d'Arte Sacra, San Leo, Italy

On the left of the Madonna is St. Louis of Toulouse; on the right, St. Stephen.

As usual, Louis of Toulouse is portrayed as a beardless youth holding a book and wearing the gray Franciscan habit under his "pontificals," the formal garb worn by bishops on the most important occasions: note the elegant gloves and the embroidered cope with jeweled clasp. He was canonized in 1317, so this painting would be subsequent to that date.

Stephen is portrayed as usual: a tonsured and beardless youth wearing a dalmatic and carrying a book. On his head are three stones, one on each temple and one in the center of the forehead. These are his attribute, referring to the manner of his martyrdom. He holds in his right hand a long wooden piece similar in shape to a modern yardstick. It is not clear what this might refer to.

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