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Saint Perpetua by Theophilia Saint Perpetua by Theophilia
"Saint Perpetua"
September 27th, 2009
India Ink, pencil, watercolor pencils

Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity's Feast day is on March 7th


Here is my Saint Perpetua for ~Not-a-Great-Artist. Sorry this took so long. It has been sitting on my desk mostly sketched for a while now. Last night I finally decided, hey, might as well finish this one. :XD:

It was interesting to draw Saint Perpetua by herself, because often she is mentioned in the same breath with Saint Felicity. So, some of the symbolism and then her background. The palm branch in her hand is the common symbol of victory, in this case, the martyr's victory. She also holds in her arms a gladius and a whip. The whip because in the ampitheatre where they were martyred they were first scourged and then wild beasts were let out upon them. Saint Perpetua was finally killed when a nervous gladiator thrust his sword into her neck after she had been gored and tossed by a wild cow. Her crown of red roses symbolizes the martyr's crown. The backgrund comes from a vision Saint Perpetua had while she was in prison: I saw a golden ladder of wonderful length reaching up to heaven, but so narrow that only one at a a time could go up; and on the sides of the ladder were fastened all kinds or iron weapons. And at the foot of the ladder was a huge dragon or 'serpent' which lay in wait for those going up and sought to frighten them from making the ascent. Now the first to go up was Saturus, who had given himself up of his own accord for our sakes, because our faith was of his own building and he had not been present when we were arrested. He reached the top of the ladder, and turning, said to me, ';Perpetua, I wait for you, but take care lest the dragon bite you,' and I said, 'In the name of Jesus Christ, he will not hurt me.' And the dragon put out his head gently, as if afraid of me, just at the foot of the ladder; and as though I were treading on the first step, I trod on his head. And I went up and saw a large garden, and sitting in the midst a tall man with white hair in the dress of a shepherd, milking sheep; and round about were many thousands clad in white. And he raised his head and looked upon me and said, 'Welcome, child.' And he called me and gave me some curds of the milk he was milking, and I received it in my joined hands and ate; and all that were round about said Amen. At the sound of the word I awoke, still eating something sweet...

Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity were recent converts to Christianity in Carthage, and were arrested. They were martyred on March 7th, 203 A.D.

You can read all about their sufferings in her account of her martyrdom, "The Passion of Saint Perpetua and Companions" [link]
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Starsguard Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2015  New member
Hi, may I use your picture for a presentation I'm doing on St. Perpetua? (She's going to be my confirmation saint, saw a documentary on her and Saint Felicity and was appalled by it). It's absolutely beautiful! 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

And certainly you may! Just be sure to credit me with a www.theophilia.deviantart.com on the slide. :nod:
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing and beautiful piece, amazing background, soft and wonderful colours and amazing story!! She and St. Felicity are two of my favourite early martyrs, along with St. Agnes, St. Lucia, St. Appolonia, St. Barbara and St. Agatha. [I LOVE the Litany of the Saints! :) ]

AWESOME & AMAZING ARTWORK & SPLENDIDLY DONE!!! :)

:+fav:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!! She's a wonderful saint! :aww:

Oh yes, I love the Litany of the Saints! This one is my favorite version: [link]
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hno3burns Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
sweet
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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roseliza2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
ITs GOOD! :) nice story too Ill pray to her!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!!! :aww:

:glomp: God bless!
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roseliza2 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
no prblem :3 and thank you!
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INFZ Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohmigawsh!! :eager: My confirmation saint!!! YAY!!!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D :D I'm glad you like it! ^^ :hug:
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Miss-Fargazer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Oh, this is very lovely! Awesome work!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Meldelen Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
WONDERFUL!! :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww! Thanksies! :aww:
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Not-a-Great-Artist Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Student Writer
Thank you thank you thank you!!! Sorry I haven't checked dA in ages so I just now saw this but this is amazing! Thanks so much!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome!! :aww: :D
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shinaraz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   Artisan Crafter
I love the use of color in this.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D :glomp:
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FaeTian Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous. :heart: This picture has a certain peacefulness about it. :aww: Well done!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D That's one of the interesting thing about the martyrs, they were so peaceful when they were being killed.
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SirSayf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
beautiful!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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mr-macd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
This is beautiful and inspirational! The linework is SO expressive and the colouring subtle and sensitive! I really appreciate the background information you have given as well! Great Stuff! Cheers!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Perpeta is a beautiful saint, I just love the early martyrs. :D
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mr-macd Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
We were married in St Alban's church. He was the first English Martyr! Cheers!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, very cool! :D
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LiquoriceSnaps Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Wow, this gives me goosebumps! So beautiful. I always wondered who she was when our priest says her name during Mass. I love how you've given her an unconventional beauty, it takes vision to do that :) Her story is amazing too :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love when they say the saints at Mass, but whenever someone says one of those names I always go on the long litany "We honor Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Conelius, Cyprian, Prosogenous (sp?), John and Paul, Cosmas and Damien, Lawrence, Anastasia, Felicity, Perpetua, Agnes, Cecilia, Lucy...and all the saint....we trust in your mercy. Father, we ask that your angel we take this sacrifice up to your altar in heaven..." And that's all I remember stright off. :XD:

Perpetua is amazing, they're all so inspiring.
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LiquoriceSnaps Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
LOL! Well done! That's heaps to remember :D We only have one priest who does it, he's pretty conservative ;) Hes's our youngest too, and just back from a year in Rome doing his Masters, I think that's why he likes to do it :D
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's awesome. Isn't that rather funny/ironic, a lot of the younger priests are more conservative than the 70's generation priests. :XD:
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LiquoriceSnaps Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
It is! Although (because I live in a very conservative diocese) I have to venture out to see the contrast. Although, we do have one priest who is a real hippy. He wore a peace sign on his vestments when he was ordained :giggle:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: Heheh, I'm pretty sure that's not allowed. :XD:
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LiquoriceSnaps Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
That's what I thought, but he somehow got away with it :giggle: I think our bishop didn't mind too much ;)
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oohh I love this, likewise with all your other artworks! The details are really amazing, and so are the symbolism. How do you know all these things anyway? haha.

Oh is the serpent / dragon suppose to be Satan?
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you so much! :aww: Heh, well I pick it up, notice certain things about colorings and other such stuff. Besides, I really love symbolism, it's really a lot of fun. :aww:

Yep. :D
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student Digital Artist
That is cool haha. I'm planning to do a water colour painting of the Sacred Heart soon! Hopefully it will be as good as your, most probably not =(
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! I'll be looking forward to it! :D
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Al-LZQ Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
=)
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elavoria Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I love all the folds, and the ladder and clouds look great!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dance:
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elavoria Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure! ^^
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