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Relief - The Martyrdom of Saint Paul
  • The Martyrdom of Saint Paul
    Algardi, Alessandro, born 1598 - died 1654
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The Martyrdom of Saint Paul

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (Bologna, made)

  • Date:

    second quarter of 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Algardi, Alessandro, born 1598 - died 1654 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Circular relief in bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.68-1952

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze relief is made by Alessandro Algardi (1595-1654) in Rome in the second quarter of the 17th century.
This and the companion relief (A.69-1952) are contemporary replicas of a gilt-bronze relief designed by Algardi to accompany the marble group of 'The Martyrdom of St. Paul' in S. Paolo, Bologna, in 1641. The altar was designed by Borromini on the commission of Cardinal Bernardino Spada.

Algardi was an Italian sculptor, architect and draughtsman. Alongside Bernini he was the most important sculptor in Rome active around the middle of the 17th century. He produced the classizing antithesis to Bernini's High Baroque sculpture. They were seen and experienced at the time as rivals and equals.

Place of Origin

Italy (Bologna, made)

Date

second quarter of 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Algardi, Alessandro, born 1598 - died 1654 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Circular relief in bronze

Dimensions

Diameter: 45.7 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1952.
This and the companion relief (A.69-1952) are contemporary replicas of a gilt-bronze relief designed by Algardi to accompany the marble group of 'The Martyrdom of St. Paul' in S. Paolo, Bologna, in 1641. The altar was designed by Borromini on the commission of Cardinal Bernardino Spada.

Descriptive line

Relief, bronze, The Martyrdom of Saint Paul, by Alessandro Algardi, Italian (Bolognese), second quarter of 17th century

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

Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume II: Text. Sixteenth to Twentieth Century. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1964, pp. 614, 15, cat.no. 647
Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albertt Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 104

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Relief

Categories

Christianity; Reliefs; Bronze; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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