After a model by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, Naples 1598–1680 Rome)
third quarter 17th century
Overall (confirmed): 13 15/16 x 6 1/8 x 6 13/16 in., 13lb. (35.4 x 15.6 x 17.3 cm, 5.8968kg)
Purchase, Bequest of Vivian W. Lehman, 1978
Not on view
The saint is shown standing, her gaze lifted to heaven to emphasize her ecstatic expression. She wears a robe and heavy cloak and holds a palm symbolizing her martyrdom. A lamb, symbol of Saint Agnes, is depicted crouching at her feet. Another example of this statuette is in the Chapel of Palazzo Doria, Rome.
[ Alberto Colzi , Florence, by 1978 ] ; [ sale, Sotheby's, New York , June 1, 1978, lot 214; sold to MMA ]
Artist: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, Naples 1598–1680 Rome)Date: 1642–43Medium: Red chalk, the background tinted with an almost imperceptible pale brown wash, framing lines in pen and brown ink (recto); black chalk (verso)Accession: 1973.265On view in:Not on view