The Saint’s Dream, by Carpaccio


The Saint’s Dream is a work by Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio (1465-1525 / 1526). It is part of a series of nine paintings called Legend of Santa Ursula on the life of Saint Ursula, born in Brittany and martyred in Germany in 383. The painting (1497-1498) shows the saint sleeping alone in her nuptial bed, an allusion to the impossibility of marriage. While Santa Ursula is asleep, an angel enters the room in a dream, announcing her martyrdom.