San Crisanto and Santa Daria.
This was a husband and wife team that were martyred for converting Romans to Christianity in the 3rd century AD. Crisanto was a well educated son of an Egyptian patrician and Daria a Roman priestess of Minerva, the Roman God of war. She was also a vestal virgin so when they both converted to Christianity the couple agreed to lead celibate lives. They studied the "Acts of the Apostles" and began converting Romans to Christianity which was a very dangerous occupation at the time…underground and subversive…so when the Roman Emperor found out about them he had them arrested, tortured and executed…Crisanto at the gallows and Daria buried alive in a pit next to her husbands grave, a death reserved for unfaithful vestal virgins. Those Romans were a scary bunch if you got in their way!
18th c. Mexico. Anonymous artist.
41” tall by 33” wide with the gold leafed Colonial frame.