13 December – Saint Lucy

Modern Hagiography

Roman Martryology

Sanctorale Catholicum

Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler.

Lives of the Saints by Francis Weninger.

Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger.

Character Calendar 

Pictorial Lives of the Saints 

Our Birthday Bouquet Culled from the Shrines of the Saints and the Gardens of the Poets by Eleanor C. Donnelly.

Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints by Auguste François Lecanu.

Miniature Lives Of The Saints For Every Day In The Year by Henry Sebastian Bowden.

Victories of the Martyrs by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. 

Stories of the Saints for Children. The Black Letter Saints by Mrs. Molesworth.

Stories of the Saints for Children Second Series by Mary Seymour.

Patron Saints by Eliza Allen Starr.

Martyrs and Saints of the First Twelve Centuries: Studies from the Lives of the Black Letter Saints of the English Calendar by Elizabeth Rundle Charles.

The lives of saints, with other feasts of the year, according to the Roman calendar by Peter Ribadeneira.

“The Feast of St. Lucy” by Aubrey Thomas de Vere.

“Saint Lucy” by Kenelm Digby Best.

Medieval and Early Modern Hagiography

BHL, Supplement

Aldhelmus in his De laudibus virginitate gives a brief account of Lucy (register to read for free).

The life is in Jacobus da Voragine’s Golden Legend.

Multiple mentions in Dante’s Divine Comedy: Inferno canto II beginning at line 98; Purgatorio canto IX beginning at line 52; and Paradiso canto XXXII beginning at line 136.

The Golden Legend (and illustrations)

Aelfric’s Life

Breviarium Romanum – Latin & English

“A Nocturnal Upon Saint Lucy’s Day” by John Donne

Art & Architecture

Vatican Colonnade

A 14th C. fresco cycle in the Oratorio of San Giorgio in Padua by Altichiero da Zevio

(this search brings up several panels in the church, including three of the four Saint Lucy panels).  You may find the fourth panel here.  This video gives a nice tour of the church.  Watch out for Saint Lucy at 3:44, 4:03 and 4:29 and 5:10 and 5:32, but watch the whole video to get a fuller sense of the space and extensive decoration of this little known, but incredible church, with scenes from the life of Christ, as well as from the lives of Saint George and Saint Catherine of Alexandria.  You may read a scholarly article on the frescoes here.

A fifteenth-century panel by Carlo Crivelli in Avignon.

A fifteenth-century panel from an altarpiece by Domenico Veneziano for a church dedicated to Lucy in Florence, but now in Berlin.

A fifteenth century panel portrait of Saint Lucy by a lesser known artist at the National Gallery in Washington.

A northern cycle of the life of Lucy by the Master of the Saint Lucy Legend from the fifteenth century.

A sixteenth-century panel of Saint Lucy from the altarpiece for the church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence by Perugino, this panel now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A sixteenth-century altarpiece by Lorenzo Lotto (one panelanother panelhere reconstructed – in situ for a sense of its scale).

A later sixteenth-century painting by Paolo Veronese, now in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The painting of the Burial of Saint Lucy by Caravaggio in the church dedicated to Saint Lucy in Syracusa, Sicily.  Lesser known work by Caravaggio but incredible.  Read more here.

And a scholarly article about images of Saint Lucy in Renaissance Italy.

18C Libro del Compendio della Vita di tutti Santi


Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Guide to Christian Iconography: Images, Symbols, and Texts

Medieval Religion Listserv – 2016 Dillon, 2016 Plumb.

Google Arts & Culture

Post-Biblical Saints Art Index

Sacred and Legendary Art volume II by Mrs. Jameson.

A Handbook of Christian Symbols and Stories of the Saints as Illustrated in Art by Clara Erskine Clement.

A Garner of Saints: Being a Collection of the Legends and Emblems Usually Represented in Art by Allen Hinds.

Lives and Legends of the Great Hermits and Fathers of the Church, with Other Contemporary Saints by Mrs. Arthur Bell.

The Saints in Art with Their Attributes and Symbols, Alphabetically Arranged by Margaret E. Tabor.

Saints and their Symbols: A Companion in the Churches and Picture Galleries of Europe by E. A. Greene.

The Saints in Art by Joseph Maria von Radowitz.

Emblems of Saints by Which They Are Distinguished in Works of Art by F. C. Husenbeth.


Medieval Music Database

“Santa Lucia” (for the words and their translation)

Alla våra Luciasånger

Customs & Devotions

Prayer to Saint Lucy

Another Prayer to Saint Lucy

Celebrations In Sweden

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