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Martyrdom of St. Matthew

Accession Number
2012/2.205

Title
Martyrdom of St. Matthew

Artist(s)
Workshop of Michael Wolgemut

Object Creation Date
circa 1493

Medium & Support
woodcut on laid paper

Dimensions
6 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in (15.5 cm x 12 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Label copy
Workshop of Michael Wolgemut
Germany, 1434–1519
Martyrdom of St. Matthew
ca. 1493
Woodcut on laid paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 2012/2.205

Subject matter
The martyrdom of St. Matthew by ax.

Physical Description
A haloed man kneels in three-quarter profile in the left center of the foreground of the composition. A male figure stands behind the haloed figure in a wide stance with an ax raised above the kneeling figure's head. In the background is another male figure wearing a pointed hat and a jester or demonic figure shown falling of a column in the distance in the upper left.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
axes (weapons)
martyrs
saints

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