This gorgeous serene painting of Saint Margaret of Antioch,
painted by Guido Reni (1575 - 1642),
has quickly become one of my favourite paintings.
She was said to be a convert to Christianity and a martyr.
Her story (which is quite untrustworthy and probably all made up)
was very popular in the Middle Ages.
Here's how the legend goes:
When converted, her father (a pagan priest)
threw her out of the house. She became a shepherdess.
Olybrius, the prefect, was hopelessly captured by her beauty, but she was not interested.
Olybrius was not amused and Margaret was tortured and imprisoned.
Legend has it that in prison she was swallowed by the devil in the form of a dragon,
but the little cross she was carrying itched in his throat,
so she was spit out and saved.
The story goes on with more gruesome details,
but let's keep things a bit cheerful here :)
Anyway, I was captured by the beauty of this painting
and just HAD to make a fabric collage with it.
She'll probably be the star of more projects in the future.
For this one I used some pieces of fabric and lace that I painted and/or dyed myself.
Big hugs and sunny smiles to you!