In the very recent acquisition of the villa, the paintings exhibited in the “Corridor of Statues” come from the Giuseppe Casati Hospital of Passirana in Rho, which allowed them to be kept in the Municipality of Lainate, so they could be enjoyed by a vaster public.
The second painting of a sacred theme, is also dated to the 17th century, and shows the scene of the “Martyrdom of St. Agatha.” According to the hagiographic narrations, she was a noble woman from Palermo (some sources say from Catania), who lived in the 3rd century and was martyrised around 251 during the persecution of the Christians by Proconsul Quinziano. The saint is portrayed in the centre of the composition with her chest bare, her hands crossed in front of her body lying on a wooden trunk, her head and eyes looking towards heaven. Behind her, a man is holding her, while another torturer holds the scissors with which he is cutting her right breast.
The last painting of this small collection can be dated more or less to the 16th century and shows the Pope consigning the virginal veil to a saint. The pope, richly dressed and seated on a throne with a canopy, is offering the transparent cloth to a young noble woman kneeling in front of him with hands joint in prayer. Behind the girl are two young men in elegant clothes, observing the scene with their heads slightly bowed. The lack of particular iconographic elements do not allow a correct identification of the figure, though we can assume she is St. Marcellina, who received the virginal veil from the hands of Pope Liberium in St. Peter’s in the Vatican on Christmas Day of the year 353. She was the educator and master of faith of the two minor brothers, St. Satyrus and St. Ambrose, future bishop and patron of Milan, identifiable in the two noble youths shown behind her.