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Saint Agnes

Artist:
After a model by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, Naples 1598–1680 Rome)
Date:
third quarter 17th century
Culture:
Italian, Rome
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 13 15/16 × 6 × 5 7/8 in. (35.4 × 15.2 × 14.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bequest of Vivian W. Lehman, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.202
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 ]
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