Paul Delaroche

French, 1797 - 1856

The Young Martyr

Date: 1855



Courtesy: Musée du Louvre

This painting was completed a year before Delaroche's death in 1856. It depicts the death of a young Christian martyr in the 3rd century AD during the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Click here to read more about Diocletian.

'The Young Martyr' has been called the 'Christian Ophelia' due to its resemblance to portrayals of Ophelia (from Shakespeare's Hamlet) by Pre-Raphaelite artists such as John Everett Millais.

See also 'A Christian Martyr Drowned in the Tiber During the Reign of Diocletian' at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.

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