St. Ignatius of Antioch – Lotto

This is a detail from the painting, Virgin and Child With St. Onophrius and St. Ignatius of Antioch, by Lorenzo Lotto. In the image, the Early Christian Bishop Ignatius, holding the martyr's palm, presents the Child Jesus with his heart, which is inscribed with the letters of the Savior's name. Before being thrown to lions in Rome, the Holy Martyr told his executioners that he carried the name of Jesus on his heart.

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