Three Unmercenary Women

Three Unmercenary Women Saint Valentine stands in a long line of saints stretching back to the first century of the Christian tradition that includes the “unmercenary physician.” These three women were medical doctors. The sisters Zenaida and Philonella were born in Tarsus and cousins of the Apostle Paul. The third, Hermione, was born in Caesarea of Palestine early in the 1st century. In the Christian tradition they are seen as the founders of medicine.

Heiko Schlieper
Provincial Museum of Alberta
c. 2000
33.3 x 28.6 cm
© Heiko Schlieper

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