The Martyrdom of St. Januarius in the Amphitheater at Pozzuoli

The_Martyrdom_of_St_Januarius_in_the_Amphitheatre_at_Pozzuoli.jpg

Title

The Martyrdom of St. Januarius in the Amphitheater at Pozzuoli

Subject

Oil painting on canvas by Artemisia Gentileschi, showing early life of patron saint of Naples

Description

This painting was one of many completed for the choir of the Duomo at Pozzuoli. Artemisia completed three paintings- Saints Proculus and Nicea, The Martyrdom of St. Januarius, and The Adoration of the Magi. Lanfranco, Stanzione, Cesare Francanzano, and others also completed other works for the choir between 1636 and 1640. Artemisia's depiction of Januarius depicts him walking among wild beasts in the amphitheater and miraculously unharmed. The lion is extremely individualized and the setting is a very literal interpretation of a Roman amphitheater.

Creator

Artemisia Gentileschi

Source

Garrard, Mary. Artemisia Gentileschi. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Date

1633

Format

3.08m by 2m

Type

Oil on canvas

Coverage

Laboratorio di Conservazione di Capodimonte, Naples

Citation

Artemisia Gentileschi, “The Martyrdom of St. Januarius in the Amphitheater at Pozzuoli,” Italian Baroque Art, accessed January 24, 2021, https://baroque.trinity.duke.edu/items/show/469.