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Neri di Bicci(Florence, Italy, 1418 - January 4, 1492, Florence, Italy)
The Martyrdom of St. Apollonia, c. 1458-1459
Tempera on panel
8 5/16 x 20 1/2 in. (21.11 x 52.07 cm)
The Martyrdom of Saint Apollonia depicts an actual event that took place in the year 249. Apollonia, refusing to renounce Christanity, was martyred during the reign of the Emperor Philip. Under a colonnaded portico, one executioner pulls the Virgin Martyr backward by her hair as another tears out her tongue with pincers. The Emperor and his armed guards look on at the right of the scene, and two more armed soldiers stand to the left. In the background is a rugged and mountainous landscape.
The artist, Neri di Bicci, has arranged the figures in a single line, the bright colors of their garments and weapons contrasting sharply with the plain white of the wall behind them. The vibrant colors of the scene suggest a gaiety at odds with the gruesome subject.
A box of Xrays of the Kress Collection is on Shelf G in the Vault (6/5/2018).
Samuel Kress Collection (K1003) 1936. On loan to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 1939-1961. Donated by the Kress Foundation to Pomona College in 1961.
National Gallery of Art, Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture (Washington D.C., 1941).
This object has the following keywords:
- Sight Dimensions: 8 5/16 x 20 1/2 in. (21.11 x 52.07 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
- Frame Dimensions: 13 1/4 x 25 5/16 in. (33.66 x 64.29 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
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