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Cosmas & Damian Print - PatriArts Gallery

Cosmas & Damian Print

  • 2800

Saints Cosmas & Damian

Feast Day: September 26 (Eastern Church: July 1, October 17, & November 1)

Patrons of Physicians, Apothecaries, Surgeons, Chemists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Barbers, Hairdressers, Marital Harmony, The Blind Gaeta, and Italy

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Actual Size: Image is 7 ½" x 9½"; matte is 11" x 14"

You have the option of purchasing a Matted Print with an Un-matted Scroll for $28.00 plus S&H OR a Matted Print with a Matted Scroll for $38.00 plus S&H. Please click on the box above to choose your preference from the drop down options.

Some of the symbolic imagery:

Cosmas the physician and Damian the apothecary were twin brothers born in the third century AD in the Middle East, where they were called anargyroi, “the silverless” or “the unmercenaries” because they treated patients free of charge.

The brothers are approaching their home/practice after being out in the streets (notice the dirty, torn robes). Cosmas (holding the Staff ofAesculapius) offers his hand to an ailing man while Damian offers a medicinal plant. Inside, a bedridden patient can be seen. In the foreground is a lemon tree with a pair of nesting birds (symbolizing marital harmony). The dog symbolizes fidelity and compassion. A caduceus and mortar & pestle motifs are on the porch.

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