Martyrdom of the Pilgrims (Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins) and Funeral of Saint Ursula

Vittore Carpaccio
Ciclo di Sant'Orsola

On their return to Cologne, the royal procession is attacked by the Huns, who have already captured the city. The massacre comes to a head with the sacrifice of Ursula in the foreground (who will be killed by a spear), Ereo (who is lying on the ground), Pope Cyriacus (just behind her), and the eleven thousand virgins in the procession. Once again, the standard (in this case bearing the Loredan family’s coat of arms) divides the painting into two narrative parts, with the virgin’s funeral to the right, her body being transported on a bier to a sort of mausoleum.