These classic iconographic representations of the martyrs are all based on the Martyrologium Romanum.
In Christian tradition, martyrdom is understood as the most perfect way to imitate Jesus, since He Himself willingly gave his life. It is no surprise, then, that Christian martyrs had been, throughout history and to this day, crucified, dismembered, burned, mutilated, and suffered many terrible torments. And it should be no surprise either that artists from all ages have turned the representation of the Holy Martyrs into one of the most popular motifs of Christian art.
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This article first appeared in the French edition of Aleteia.
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