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Martyrdom of Saint Martina

A work made of etching on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1665

Artist:

Antonio Gherardi
Italian, 1644-1702

About this artwork

A talented painter and stucco decorator, Antonio Gherardi made relatively few prints. Among the first works of his career was a six-part etching series narrating the martyrdom of Saint Martina. In this fourth scene, Martina, after her refusal to worship the pagan gods, is tortured with iron rods that eventually will inflict 118 wounds to her flesh. After continued torture, which included a bath in hot oil, she was beheaded. Her wounds were said to have bled milk, leading to her canonization as the patron saint of nursing mothers.

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Artist

Antonio Gherardi, (Il Reatino)

Title

Martyrdom of Saint Martina

Origin

Italy

Date

1660–1670

Medium

Etching on cream laid paper

Dimensions

233 × 332 mm (plate); 268 × 373 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mrs. George B. Young Fund

Reference Number

1990.155

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