| Saints Vitalis and Valeria of
Milan, Martyrs, 2nd century (?)
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Feast day: April 28
At left, the primary panel in Carpaccio's Saint Vitalis on Horseback with Eight Saints, 1514 has the soldier Vitalis on horseback and (presumably) Valeria his wife on the right.
Ivory plaque from the 11th or 12th century
Among other saints:
Golden Legend #61 (I, 249f in Ryan)
N.B. Butler, II, 181: "The spurious letter of St. Ambrose which purports to narrate the history of the twin martyrs SS. Gervase and Protase states incorrectly that Vitalis and Valeria were their parents. According to legend, Vitalis was a soldier who, when the physician St Ursicinus of Ravenna wavered when faced with death for Christ, encouraged him to stand firm."