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Departure of Sts. Paula and Eustochium for the Holy Land

Departure of Sts. Paula and Eustochium for the Holy Land - Museum Religious Art Classics

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Artist: Giuseppe Bottani – c. 1740

The Roman noblewomen Saint Eustochium and her mother Paula were disciples of Saint Jerome. Here they are shown leaving for the Holy Land, where they built four monasteries.

The picture was painted in Rome, where Bottani worked with Pompeo Batoni. It is a finished study for Bottani's masterpiece, a large altarpiece commissioned in 1745 for the church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Milan, and now in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan.

St. Paula’s feast day is January 26.

St. Eustochium’s feast day is September 28.

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