Seven Scenes from the Legend of St. Stephen, Martino di Bartolomeo
Martino di Bartolomeo
Seven Scenes from the Legend of St. Stephen
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Martino di Bartolomeo

Seven Scenes from the Legend of St. Stephen, ca. 1390


Gesamtmaß
281.0 x 205.2 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Inventory Number
988-994
Acquisition
Acquired in 1865 in an exchange with the Frankfurt Verein für Geschichte und Alterthumskunde
Status
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About the Work

Altarpieces dedicated to a single saint generally stood on side altars. In fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century Italy they often adhered to the so-called vita retable type, in which scenes from the life of the saint formed a U-shaped garland around a depiction of that saint at the centre. Originally, Martino di Bartolomeo’s vita retable of St Stephen was probably installed in the church of Sant’ Agostino in Siena. Only its narrative pictures have survived; the literally central image of the saint has been lost.

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  • 01:13
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  • 02:03
    Focus on Frankfurt

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Administration
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Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1865 in an exchange with the Frankfurt Verein für Geschichte und Alterthumskunde

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  • 73F35 life and acts of Stephen (Acts 6:8 - 8:2)
  • 73F3511 the birth of Stephen: the devil takes away the new-born baby and replaces it by another
  • 42A22 visiting the new mother, lying-in visit
  • 73F3512 Stephen is nursed by a hind and is discovered by bishop Julian
  • 11P31521 monk(s), friar(s)
  • 11K2 devils in the form of (fabulous) animals
  • 73F354 miracles of Stephen
  • 11P6 destruction of pagan idols
  • 46A13 commoners
  • 73F3514 Stephen back at his parents' house, sends away his substitute
  • 11Q7591 exorcizing the devil
  • 31E23121 violent death by burning at the stake; pyre
  • 73F3513 Stephen as a young man is blessed by Julian the bishop
  • 11P3122 deacon (Roman Catholic)
  • 73F3561 Stephen before the Sanhedrin
  • 12A54(LIBERTINES) Jewish sects, divisions, spiritual currents (LIBERTINES)
  • 49C4 discussion, dialogue, dispute ~ scholar, philosopher
  • 73F3563 the stoning of Stephen; the witnesses lay down their clothes at Saul's feet
  • 73F35631 Stephen's vision of Christ in heaven
  • 11H(PAUL) the apostle Paul of Tarsus; possible attributes: book, scroll, sword
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25.08.2020