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Stoning of the Saint cat. 40148

The apparition in a dream of St Gamaliele cat. 40147

St Lucian tells John of his vision cat. 40158

Finding of the bodies of Sts Lucian, Abibus, Nicodemus and Stephen cat. 40149

Transfer of the bodies of the Saints to Jerusalem cat. 40150

Second transfer to Rome cat. 40160

Reunion of the body of St Stephen with that of St Laurence in Rome cat. 40159

Needy who implore miracles on the tomb of St Laurence and St Stephen, cat. 40161

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Bernardo Daddi
(Florence, circa 1290 - circa 1348)
Martyrdom of St Stephen and finding of his remains
tempera on wood
cm. 26.5 x 30 each panel
Cat. 40148, 40147, 40158, 40149, 40150, 40160, 40159, 40161

The eight panels formed the predella of a still unidentified polyptych. They were attributed to the Florentine painter Bernardo Daddi and it is thought that they were painted around 1345, as part of the later activity of the artist. The small paintings illustrate the martyrdom of St Stephen and the story of the finding of his remains according to the medieval tale of the Legenda Aurea by Jacopo da Varagine. They begin with the Stoning of the Saint, followed by: The apparition in a dream of St Gamaliele, St Paul's master, to St Lucian, revealing where his body is buried together with those of Abibus, his son, Nicodemus and St Stephen; St Lucian tells John of his vision, and John, Patriarch of Jerusalem, has the bodies sought for; the Finding of the bodies of Sts Lucian, Abibus, Nicodemus and Stephen in the place indicated by Gamaliele; the Transfer of the bodies of the Saints to Jerusalem, where that of St Stephen miraculously healed Eudossias, daughter of the emperor Theodosius, possessed by an evil spirit; the Second transfer to Rome; the Reunion of the body of St Stephen with that of St Laurence in Rome and, lastly, the Needy who implore miracles on the tomb of St Laurence and St Stephen.