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  • Vintage Italian Poster of Santa Lucia

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    This is a 10.1875" by 7.375" Vintage Italian Poster of Santa Lucia.  Saint Lucy, the Italian Santa Lucia (died 304, Syracuse, Sicily; feast day December 13), was a virgin and martyr who was one of the earliest Christian saints to achieve popularity with a widespread following before the 5th century.  She is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse (Sicily) and of virgins.  Because of various traditions associating her name with light (Lucia is from the Latin "lux" which means "light"), she came to be thought of as the patron saint of sight and was depicted by medieval artists carrying a dish containing eyes.  She appears in works by Dante and John Donne.  In this poster, Santa Lucia is at the center, dressed in a pink and gold gown and blue mantle and carrying a palm branch (the symbol of martyrdom and victory over evil) and a gold dish with eyes.  She has a pale peachy-yellow halo and is set in front of a gilt background.  Twelve gold framed images, each with a pale blue banderole with text in Italian, tell the story of her life, persecution, and death, including the failed attempt to burn her at the stake (she would not burn) and death by decapitation.  The outside background is a rich, deep turquoise.  The bottom is imprinted with "25 S. Lucia" (at left) and "EDGMI" (the manufacturer) and "Imprimé in Italie/Printed in Italy" (at right).  Exact age is unknown.  This Vintage Italian Poster of Santa Lucia is in Good condition.  There is some wear to the gold background (where another image may have rubbed against it) and damage to a small area at her elbow.