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Carlo Crivelli: 'Saint Stephen'
This painting is part of the group: The Demidoff Altarpiece

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This panel showing Saint Stephen is part of the large 'Demidoff Altarpiece' made for the high altar of San Domenico in Ascoli Piceno, east central Italy.

Saint Stephen was the first Christian martyr. He was a deacon (a lay assistant to the priest) of the first Christian community in 1st-century Palestine and was responsible for a daily distribution of food to the poor.

Accused of blasphemy against Moses and God, Stephen was brought to trial. Although not a priest, Stephen was well read in the Scriptures and argued against the religious council. As he spoke in defence of his belief in Christ as the Messiah, those watching him saw the face of an angel. Enraged, the council stopped the trial and took him out of the city where he was stoned to death.

In paintings he is shown in a deacon's robe and with the rocks used to stone him. His other identifying attributes are a palm (signifying martyrdom) and a book (a reminder of his learnedness).

Other paintings in this group: The Demidoff Altarpiece

Saint Peter
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Peter
Saint Dominic
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Dominic
Saint Francis
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Francis
Saint Andrew
Carlo Crivelli
1476
Saint Andrew

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