Theodora of Alexandria
|Saint Theodora of Alexandria|
|Venerated in||Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Church|
Theodora of Alexandria was a saint and Desert Mother who was married to a prefect of Egypt. In order to perform penance for a sin she committed, she disguised herself as a man and joined a monastery in Thebaid. Her true identity as a woman was discovered only after her death.
A rare image of Theodora in Western art is a print by Bernardino Capitelli, made in 1627 for Theodora Costa dal Pozzo, showing St Theodora of Alexandria disguised as a monk and caring for the child that she was accused of fathering (Vienna: Graphische Sammlung Albertina).
- Delaney, John J. (15 March 2005). Dictionary of Saints. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 590. ISBN 978-0-385-51520-7. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
- Bonaccorso, Patrizia (1985). Bernardino Capitelli, 1589-1639. Siena: Edisiena. pp. 32–38.