About the Image:
Saint Helena (AD c. 246/48–330) was an Empress of the Roman Empire and mother of Roman emperor Constantine the Great. She was born outside of the noble classes, possibly in the Greek city of Drepana, Bithynia in Asia Minor.
Helena ranks as an important figure in the history of Christianity. In her final years, she made a religious tour of Syria Palaestina and Jerusalem, during which ancient tradition claims that she discovered the True Cross. The Eastern Orthodox Church, Catholic Church, Oriental Orthodox Churches, and Anglican Communion revere her as a saint, and the Lutheran Church commemorates her.
About the Artist:
Andrea Bolgi (22 June 1605 – 1656) was an Italian sculptor responsible for several statues in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome. Towards the end of his life he moved to Naples, where he sculpted portrait busts. He died in Naples during a plague epidemic.