The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius

Saint Januarius, Bishop of Benevento and patron of Naples, was beheaded near Pozzuoli about AD 305. The executioner stands behind the saint and an angel descends with a palm of martyrdom.

The painting is presumably the modello for the large altarpiece in S. Spirito dei Napoletani, Rome, commissioned by Cardinal Tommaso Ruffo,which is likely either to precede or follow closely Giordano's Spanish period (1692 - 1702).

Key facts

Artist dates
1634 - 1705
Full title
The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius
Date made
about 1690
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
106.7 x 80.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1962
Inventory number
Location in Gallery