StHelena with the Cross.Lucas Cranach Elder 1525.Cinti Art Mus

Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1525: St. Helena with the Cross. The Empress of Rome when her son Constantine succeeded her husband, she was a devout woman who famously traveled to Jerusalem to find and preserve the places and artifacts of Christ’s life. She located several, including the place of the Crucifixion, with three buried crosses and the epitaph “Jesus, King of the Jews.” She had the Church of the Holy Sepulcher built on the site, which remains today one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. (Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio)

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