François-Joseph Navez: Veronica of Milan (1816)


(Museum of Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium)

A painting by the Belgian artist François-Joseph Navez (1787-1869). Subject of this painting is the blessed Veronica of Milan (1445 – 1497), an Italian nun of the Augustinian Order. Veronica was born in Binasco and received frequent religious ecstasies in which she saw the passion of Christ and also received visions of the virgin Mary. Veronica joined the Augustinian Order of saint Martha in Milan as a lay sister with whom she distinguished herself by her remarkable virtuosity, her never-drying tears and 
desire for workAfter a six-month illness, Veronica died on the date she had predicted, 13 January 1497. painting from 1816.

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