Why Saint Lucy?

The acronym, LUCi, was inspired by St. Lucy, who was a Christian martyred in the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Although an historical figure, the virgin saint was subjected to a common list of legendary tortures -- burning, boiling oil, teeth drawn, breasts sheared, etc. But it was Lucy's eyes that attracted us, for they were reputedly torn out and miraculously restored. In Francesco del Cossa's painting of St. Lucy (Washington's National Gallery of Art), the image on our main page, her most famous attribute is creatively rendered as eyes sprouting like flowers. In the image below, from a prayer card, she is holding them on a plate. This connection to vision seemed most appropriate for a collaborative image data bank.

St. Lucy, from a prayer card

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