(b. 1839, Győr, d. 1898, München)

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Oil on canvas, 262 x 186 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231) was a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, Countess of Thuringia, Germany and a greatly venerated Catholic saint. She was the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary and Gertrude of Merania.

Elizabeth was married at the age of 14, and widowed at 20. She then became one of the first members of the newly founded Third Order of St. Francis, relinquished her wealth to the poor, and built hospitals, where she herself served the sick. She became a symbol of Christian charity in Germany and elsewhere after her death at the age of 24.