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Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Saint Lucy, 1521, oil on panel, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena
Lucy was a 4th-century Sicilian noblewoman who forsook her impending marriage and donated all her worldly goods to the poor. Her jilted fiancé denounced her, and she was imprisoned. Many attempts were made to dissuade her, but she held fast. As punishment, her eyes were gouged out, but she herself put them back in. Eventually, she was stabbed in the throat and beheaded.
After the fourteenth century she was typically depicted holding her eyes, but previously was portrayed with a lamp. Other attributes include the palm branch of martyrdom, multiple oxen (representing her steadfastness), and a dagger in her neck.