National Gallery Prague, Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Medieval Art in Bohemia and Central Europe 1200-1550
Prague (Jun 21)
St. Margaret, Altarpiece from Hyrov, Southern Bohemia (1430-1440)
Perhaps, not known, but most likely, St. Margaret of Antioch. “She is the patron saint of the falsely accused, hoboes, homeless, insane, orphaned, mentally ill, midwives, penitents, single mothers, reformed prostitutes, stepchildren, and tramps.”
Sorry, but I don’t buy into the magical hoodoo of saints and demons, but Margaret has great meaning for me.
I am homeless, mentally ill; a tramp and a constant penitent; falsely accused and rightly accused.
This is the first painting I have seen of her, and she appears in a triptych facing John the Baptist. Magnificent.
And she tramples the dragon(s).
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