This 18th century Spanish colonial oil on copper painting represents Santa Barbara, with a defeated dragon sternly controlled underfoot and her three windowed tower in the background. Santa Barbara is the patroness saint of fire, gunners, masons, miners and storms. Having rejected the arranged marriage organized by her father, a rich pagan named Dioscorus, she was beheaded by him in 235 A.D., and he in turn, was struck struck down and killed by a bolt of fire from heaven. The small vignette in lower left represents her beheading.
Dimensions: 6.5 inches x 5 inches.
Condition: excellent with only minor paint loss.
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