Giulia Lama (1681-1747)

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The Martyrdom of Saint Eurosia, 1728

I’m very pleased to be able to present a painting by a female artist from the early 18th century. The decapitation of Eurosia, patron saint of the city of Jaca, Spain is depicted. According to tradition, she was a princess forced into marriage with a prince of the invading Moors. Understandably, she determined this was a less than ideal union and tried to escape. Caught by the Moors, she was beheaded.

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7 responses to “Giulia Lama (1681-1747)

  1. Stunning painting. Instantly I was hit with the image Caravaggio’s “David with the Head of Goliath”, not to compare the two artists or their approaches, yet the power of this painting is similar if not equal to the capture of strong emotions and the use of light and dark in Caravaggio’s work. These are just my thoughts, please feel free to correct or add to my comment. Wonderful, Giulia Lama’s painting is outstanding. Enjoy the rest of your day. Warm wishes. ~ Mia

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    • There’s a bit of sick fun in comparing paintings that feature beheadings 🙂 I see what you mean about the Caravaggio. I didn’t remember how much he used the empty dark space to draw the eye to the victor and his prize.

      Thanks for the message! Always welcome. Enjoyinging your site 🙂

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      • Thank you Anna for your lovely reply, indeed a bit of fun, beheadings are most memorable. Likewise, I’m enjoying your selections and beautiful presentations. 🙂

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