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St Stephen

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1520 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Buglioni, Benedetto (workshop of)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled terracotta

  • Museum number:

    2414-1856

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery, case WS

Benedetto Buglioni is said to have learned the art of enamelled terracotta from a woman employed in Andrea della Robbia's house. He appears to have worked in Florence at the same time as Andrea, but the products of his workshop are considered both technically and artistically inferior.

Saint Stephen's life is described in the Acts of the Apostles. He is one of the earliest deacons. He was accused of speaking blasphemous words against the God of Moses and was taken in front of the Sanhedrin. His accusers expelled him from the city and stoned him. He is the earliest Christian martyr.

Physical description

Statuette in polychrome enamelled terracotta, the head and hands left unglazed. He stands, holding book and palm, in a long blue dalmatic, with stones on his shoulder and head; on a grey base

Place of Origin

Florence (made)

Date

1500-1520 (made)

Artist/maker

Buglioni, Benedetto (workshop of)

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled terracotta

Dimensions

Height: 88.2 cm, Width: 34 cm, Depth: 30 cm

Historical context note

Benedetto Buglioni is said to have learned the art of enamelled terracotta from a woman employed in Andrea della Robbia's house. He appears to have worked in Florence at the same time as Andrea, but the products of his workshop are considered both technically and artistically inferior.

Descriptive line

Partially enamelled terracotta statuette of St. Stephens. From the workshop of Benedetto Buglioni, Florentine, late 15th or early 16ht century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1856. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 12.
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. 80.
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, p. 248.

Labels and date

2414-1856
St Stephen
Terracotta, partially enamelled
Workshop of Benedetto Buglioni (1459/60-1521)
Florentine; late 15th or early 16th century
Benedetto Buglioni is said to have learned the art of enamelled terracotta from a woman employed in Andrea della Robbia's house. He appears to have worked in Florence at the same time as Andrea, but the products of his workshop are considered both technically and artistically inferior. The saint is shown with his attribute, the rocks with which he was stoned, and holding a martyr's palm. A companion piece of St Anthony the Abbot is displayed nearby. [2004]

Materials

Terracotta

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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