St Lucy kneels on the right, the wound by which she was martyred visible on her neck.

Her right hand supports a yoke inscribed Tanto pondere fixit eam Spiritus Sanctus - a reference to the inability of men and oxen to move her. Her left hand holds coins in a dish inscribed Thesaurizo thesauros in cello - a reference to the gift of her wealth to the poor. Opposite her kneels St Francis. The attendant angels proffer butter and honey on silver dishes while the Virgin, seated on a bed, wraps a bandage round the Child standing beside her.


Prince Massimo, Rome

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 3NP
029 2039 7951

Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm) Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

Exhibitions at National Museum Cardiff

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