This painting depicts Saints Cosmas and Damian, who were twin brothers and early Christian martyrs. They were born in Arabia and practiced medicine without charging for their services, which earned them the title of "Anargyroi" or "Unmercenary Physicians." The year 303 is significant because it was during the time of the Diocletian persecution of Christians, and Saints Cosmas and Damian refused to renounce their faith, leading to their martyrdom. The painting, done in tempera, a type of paint consisting of pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium, would have been a common medium for religious artworks during that time period.

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Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian. Tempera painting.
Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian. Tempera painting.
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