St. Martin de Porres faced poverty, a difficult childhood and prejudice, much of it stemming from the fact that he was of bi-racial origin and abandoned by his father. Despite this he was attracted to religious life and was gradually accepted into the Dominican Order and eventually even allowed to profess his vows as a Dominican brother.
In his youth he learned barbering and first aid and continued to render care to the poor and sick in and around the monastery. He became renowned for powers of miraculous healing and is often shown with animals due to his empathy and way with them. He was canonized by St. Pope John XXIII.
Painting of St. Martin done just before or shortly after his death by an unknown artist and a photograph of a modern facial reconstruction using his skull.