Saint Stephen's Day
|Bas-relief of Saint Stephen, ex-Scuola di Santo Stefano|
Stephen, who was a deacon in the early church at Jerusalem, was accused of blasphemy and stoned to death (c. 34). His death was witnessed by Saul of Tarsus, a Jew who would later convert to Christianity, changing his name to Paul. Unsurprisingly, Saint Stephen's main attribute are stones and he has become the patron saint of those who suffer from headaches.
There is a small bas-relief of the saint, with two stones perched on his head, on the house opposite the church of Santo Stefano.(Some of my younger clients think he looks like Mickey Mouse!)
The building once belonged to the Scuola di Santo Stefano, who commissioned Carpaccio to make five paintings (1511-20) illustrating scenes from the life of Stephen. Sadly, the paintings are now scattered between various Italian and foreign collections.
|The Stoning of Saint Stephen|