narrative in the Golden Legend quite literally, St. Peter comes to St.
Agatha's prison cell in the guise of an old man.
(To the viewer, however, he is identifiable by the
square beard and the keys in
his left hand.) He
offers to heal Agatha (whose breasts were cut off
earlier in the day) with ointments carried in by
"a boy carrying a light." As usual in her portraits, Agatha
has long, blond hair and holds
a palm branch in her left hand. She points
to Heaven because "I
have my Lord Jesus Christ, and he by a
single word can cure everything. . . . If he
so wills, he can cure me instantly." Peter
reveals himself and says she has been healed
in Jesus' name; then
Agatha prays in thanksgiving
and finds that
her breasts are restored.
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