3. St. Justina of Lombardy.
by James C. Christensen
6.75 x 5

Venerated at Venice and Padua where splendid churches have been built in her honor, Justina was martyred with a dagger in her throat at the command of, by some accounts, Nero, and by others, Diocletian. She is often portrayed with a unicorn (a symbol of maidenly purity) and less often, as in this painting, with the fatal dagger through her neck.

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