Julian the Hospitaller is a Roman Catholic saint.
According to de Varazze, on the night Julian was born, his father, a man of noble blood, saw pagan witches secretly lay a curse on the boy that would make him kill both his parents. His father wanted to get rid of the child, but his mother did not let himt. When he finally found out the reason for her tears, he swore he "would never commit such a sin" and "with great belief in Christ went off full of courage" as far away from his parents as he could. After fifty days of walking he finally reached Galicia where he married a "good woman", said to be a wealthy widow.
In 1886 he obtained a travel grant and went to Italy to study Italian primitives, which reinforced his taste for the ancients and for the decor. With Seurat, he worked as assistant to the creating the sacred wood of Puvis de Chavannes ( Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ). Seurat's influence is notably found in Edmond's Sainte Geneviève ( Museum of Fine Arts of Brest )
Albert Besnard had him appointed to the Legion of Honor in 1900. He was promoted to the rank of Commander in 1933. More on Edmond Aman-Jean
Twenty years later, his parents decided to go look for their now thirty-year-old son. When they arrived, they visited the altar of St. James, and "as soon as they came out of the church they met a woman, whom the pilgrims greeted and asked, for Jesus' love, whether she would host them for the night as they were tired." She let them in and told them that her husband, Julian, was out hunting. The mother and father were overjoyed to have found their son, as was Julian's wife. "She took care of them well and had them rest in her and Julian's bed." But the enemy went off seeking Julian and told him: 'I have sour news for you. While you are here, hunting, your wife is in bed embracing another man. There they are right now, still sleeping.'"
"And Julian felt deep sadness and his face drew into a frown. He rode back home, went to his bed and found a man and a woman sleeping in it. He drew his sword and killed them both. As he was leaving he saw his wife sitting among the other women. She told him: 'There are your mother and father resting in your room.' And so Julian knew, and fell into a rage. 'The shrewd enemy lied to me. 'Better had I never been born, for I am cursed.' And his good wife comforted him and said 'Have faith in Christ Almighty, a stream of life and mercy.' After seeking redemption in Rome, Julian built seven hospitals and twenty-five houses. And the poor started flowing to him, to Jesus' Almighty's love."
"The enemy conspired again to ruin Julian—disguised as a weak pilgrim, he was let in by Julian with the others. At midnight he woke up and made a mess of the house." The following morning Julian saw the damage and swore never to let in anyone else in his home. He was so furious he had everyone leave.
Some assign his birthplace to either Cremona or Soncino, and state Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini as his influences. There are no works by Corna in Cremona or Soncino. The Bignami Collection, near Cassal Maggiore, contains a picture representing a murder taken from the Legend of St. Julian, signed by Antonio in 1478. More on Antonio della Corna
"Jesus went to him, again as a pilgrim, seeking rest. He asked humbly, in the name of God, for shelter. But Julian answered with contempt: 'I shall not let you in. Go away, for the other night I had my home so vandalized that I shall never let you in.' And Christ told him 'Hold my walking-stick, please.' Julian, embarrassed, went to take the stick, and it stuck to his hands. And Julian recognized him at once and said 'He tricked me, the enemy who does not want me to be your faithful servant. But I shall embrace you, I do not care about him; and for your love I shall give shelter to whoever needs.' He knelt and Jesus forgave him, and Julian asked, full of repentance, forgiveness for his wife and parents. More on Saint Jean l'Hospitalier
Taddeo Gaddi (c. 1290, Florence – 1366, Florence) was a medieval Italian painter and architect.
He was a member of Giotto's workshop from 1313 to 1337, when his master died. According to Giorgio Vasari, he was considered Giotto's most talented pupil: in 1347 he was placed at the top in a list of Florence's most renowned painters.
His main work is the cycle of Stories of the Virgin in the Baroncelli Chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. Later he perhaps painted the cabinet tiles in the sacristy of the same church. These works show his mastership of Giotto's new style, to which he added a personal experimentation in the architectural backgrounds, such as in the staircase of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Baroncelli Chapel. More on Taddeo Gaddi
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