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The Dream of Saint Helena

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Paolo VERONESE , 1528 - 1588

The Dream of Saint Helena


Date: about 1570
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 197.5 x 115.6 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1878

Saint Helena's vision of the True Cross is represented by two angels with the cross appearing to her as she sleeps. Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, is said to have received divine guidance in her quest to discover the place where the True Cross, on which Christ had been crucified, was buried.

The attribution to Veronese has occasionally been doubted but it is generally accepted to be a relatively early work by this artist.

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