Vittore Carpaccio’s Cycle of St. Ursula (Legend of Saint Ursula)

A canvas in Vittore Carpaccio's Cycle of St. Ursula
A canvas in Vittore Carpaccio’s Cycle of St. Ursula

The legend of Saint Ursula is she was a princess that set out on a pan-European pilgrimage with the her followers, Pope Cyriacus, and Sulpicius (the bishop of Ravenna). Ursula and her fellow travelers set out for Cologne, which was being attacked by The Huns, and she was shot dead.

The Vittore Carpaccio series of canvasses is known as the Cycle of St. Ursula and depicts important events in her life/legend. To find out more about the nine events depicted in the cycle, visit the following links:

http://www.wga.hu/html_m/c/carpacci/1ursula/index.html

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=325

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