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Martyrdom of St. Daniel of Padua

Artist:
Francesco Bertos (Italian, 1678–1741)
Artist:
After a composition by Tiziano Aspetti (Italian, 1565–1607)
Date:
ca. 1730
Culture:
Italian, Padua
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 19 5/8 × 29 1/4 × 4 1/2 in., 51 lb. (49.8 × 74.3 × 11.4 cm, 23.1 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Edith Perry Chapman Fund and Fletcher Fund, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.264.1
Not on view
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 ]
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