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Saint Stephen Mourned by Saints Gamaliel and Nicodemus

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The martyrdom of Saint Stephen, who was stoned to death after delivering a fiery sermon, is described in the Biblical Book of Acts. In this image, the sympathetic Jews Gamaliel and Nicodemus wait to bury Stephen, while the crowd disperses in the distance. Stephen, considered the first Christian...

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Provenance

About 1615, possibly commissioned by Cardinale Jacopo Sannesi for the Sannesi chapel at San Silvestro al Quirinale, Rome; probably kept at the Sannesi Palace (later the Cavalieri Palace), Rome and passed by descent within the family to Uldorico Orsini de Cavalieri; 1802, probably sold by Uldorico Orsini de Cavalieri to art dealer Pietro Camuccini (b. 1761 - d. 1833), Rome; by inheritance to his nephew, Giovanni Battista Camuccini, Rome; 1856, sold by Camuccini to Algernon Percy, 4th Duke of Northumberland (b. 1792 - d. 1865), Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England; until 1978, by descent within the family and kept at Alnwick Castle [see note 1]; 1978, sold by the Duke of Northumberland to Thos. Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London; 1978, sold by Agnew to the MFA [see note 2]. (Accession Date: May 10, 1978) NOTES: [1] Attributed to Caravaggio. [2] Accessioned as a work by Saraceni.

Credit Line

M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund and Charles Potter Kling Fund

about 1615

Dimensions

113.1 x 155.3 cm (44 1/2 x 61 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1978.160

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Europe

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