Tarcisius Christian Martyr
Having received the Rome Prize (Prix de Rome), Falguière left for the Villa Médicis where he sculpted Tarcisius Christian Martyr in 1868. This moralising subject is drawn from a novel published in 1854 by the Archbishop of Westminster. The young Christian Tarcisius was set upon by pagans as he was carrying the Blessed Sacrament to martyrs from Lyons, sentenced to be thrown to the wild animals. He was stoned to death because he refused to let the pagans desecrate the host he carried hidden beneath his tunic.