Saint Ursula and Pope Cyriacus Leaving Rome
Hans Thoman, German (active Swabia), active 1514 - 1525
Saint Ursula, seen in the center of this sculpture, left Rome and sailed for Cologne, Germany, with Pope Cyriacus and numerous attendants. In Cologne, she and her companions were massacred by pagans.
This sculpture probably belonged to a large, carved altarpiece that related the legend of Saint Ursula. Such altarpieces were subdivided into sections into which individual carved sculptures like this one would have been mounted along with other scenes making up the story.
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