Saint Julian the Hospitaler Meeting His Wife after Killing His Parents
Fragment of a predella panel
Attributed to Franciabigio (Francesco di Cristofano di Francesco), Italian (active Florence and environs), 1484 - 1524
Upon encountering his wife, Julian realizes that the sleeping couple he has just found and killed in her bed was not her and a lover but his parents, whom he had not seen in many years. Julian later atones for his crime by building a hospital for the poor and by guiding travelers. The cult of Saint Julian was popular in Renaissance Florence because his feast day coincided with the annual celebration of the city's liberation from a despised government.
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