Saint Agnes

Room 033
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Massimo Stanzione
Orta di Atella 1585 [?] – Naples, 1656
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From a noble family, Agnes was martyred in the 3rd century for refusing to marry the son of a Roman prefect. The saint, wedded to Christ, appears accompanied by the mystical lamb, a symbol of the Messiah. By means of an the dramatic staging and the ecstatic face of the saint, the painter brings out the link between the two protagonists and symbolizes the saint’s communion with the divinity. Stanzione was a leading exponent of the Neapolitan painting of the mid 17th century, with its fusion of naturalism and a classicism indebted to the influence of Caravaggio and Guido Reni.


Between 1635-1640

83.5 x 74.7 cm

Santiago Espona Bequest, 1958

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Oil on canvas
Century: 17th
Subject: Religion
Massimo Stanzione - Santa Agnès - Entre 1635-1640
Santa Agnès