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Identity of a Saint [Aug. 18th, 2009|03:16 pm]
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In many paintings of the Renaissance, particularly German, a bishop appears in the attitude of giving a coin to a beggar. Which particular saint is he?

[User Picture]From: napoleonofnerds
2009-08-18 07:25 pm (UTC)
Titian has such a painting of St. John the Almsgiver, though it could be any number of saints. St. Nicolas of Myra came to mind as someone who might be associated with such an attitude.
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From: belianis
2009-08-18 07:47 pm (UTC)
WOW!!!--John the Almsgiver had a very impressive life.
Many thanks for your reply. As for Nicholas of Myra, I remember that his symbol is the three gold balls that many people mistake for oranges. I recommend that you visit the FLAGS OF THE WORLD website; St Nicholas appears in many coats of arms, sometimes in full figure, sometimes symbolised by his miter, crozier, book and the three balls.
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