From Dr. Faustus’s Hedonic Miscellany:

hypatia stripped in church

The art is Hypatia (c. 1885) by Charles William Mitchell. According to Wikipedia, Hypatia was a noted philosopher in Alexandria when she became embroiled in a dispute between the governor and the bishop, whereupon a Christian mob kidnapped her in the street and took her to a church where they completely stripped her. Accounts differ as to her fate after this point; she may have been stoned to death with paving tiles, some say her flesh was ripped from her living body with oyster shells, and others say she was dragged through the streets until she died.

Frankly, I like the art better without the back story.

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