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English, Nottingham, 15th century
RELIEF WITH THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT ERASMUS OF FORMIAE
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English, Nottingham, 15th century
RELIEF WITH THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT ERASMUS OF FORMIAE
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English, Nottingham, 15th century
RELIEF WITH THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT ERASMUS OF FORMIAE
partially polychromed alabaster, on a modern metal stand
relief: 41 by 26cm., 16 1/8  by 10 1/4 in.
43 by 26.5cm., 17 by 10 1/2 in. overall.
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出版

F. Cheetham, The Alabaster Men. Sacred Images from Medieval England, exh. cat., Daniel Katz Ltd., London, 2001, pp. 22-23
F. Cheetham, Alabaster Images of Medieval England, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 40

相關資料

Erasmus, the 3rd century Bishop of Formiae and patron saint of sailors and sufferers of abdominal pain, is shown being martyred in this rare medieval English alabaster relief. Despite the gruesome nature of the martyrdom – the saint was disembowelled with the use of a windlass – there is a sense of serenity to this scene, with the saint lying down horizontally, his stoic gaze fixed upon the heavens, as the sabre-bearing Roman Emperor Maximian calmly observes the execution. Surrounding these two central protagonists are the Emperor’s executioners, torturers and guards, two of whom wind the windlass, whilst another pair inflict further pain upon Erasmus from underneath the trestle table.

The city of Nottingham in the English Midlands was the main centre of production of such alabasters during the 15th century, though they are known to have been carved as far afield as York and London. Today, they are celebrated both for their almost modernist abstract beauty, but also because they represent some of the last remaining traces of English medieval art, which was all but wiped out during the Reformation. One of the reasons for the survival of relatively many Nottingham alabasters was that they were traded internationally, with examples being found as far north as Iceland and as far south as Asturias in Northern Spain (see the superb retable from Asturias sold in these rooms on 5 December 2012, lot 13).

In his book, Alabaster Images of Medieval England, Francis Cheetham records 13 panels representing the martyrdom of St. Erasmus, including the present relief. Examples can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (fragmentary) (inv. no. A122-1946), the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and in the Art Museum, Denver (Cheetham 2003, op. cit. p. 39).

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