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The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius
Luca Giordano

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 Luca Giordano
Artist dates 1634 - 1705
Full title The Martyrdom of Saint Januarius
Date made about 1690
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 106.7 x 80.6 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1962
Inventory number NG6327
Location in Gallery Gallery A: Paintings after 1600
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