The Counter Reformation in Italy saw an increase in the literal depiction of the martyrdom of saints. Here, the appalling spectacles of Saint Daniel being dragged by a horse and then nailed between a table of wood and one of stone are presented with the full repertory of classical and Renaissance poses and gestures, richly varied. These reliefs formerly ornamented the altar of the saint in the Cathedral of Padua.
Signature: Incised in a cartouche on the brick wall between leftmost pilasters: TITIANI ASPECTI / PATAVINI OPVS.
Incised on front edge of base ledge: M.A.V.F.
Geheimrat Arnhold , Berlin ; Dr. Hugo E. Kunheim , Munich ; [ Julius Böhler , Berlin, until 1970; sold to MMA ]