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Martyrdom
  • Robert Matthew Sully
    1803–1855
    born: Petersburg, Virginia, United States ; died: Buffalo, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • Martyrdom, circa 1840
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 62 x 85.4 cm
    Canvas/Support: 24 3/8 x 33 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. Swarner
  • Not on display
  • 1980.0077
Description
Literature

Group of figures and horses amidst a forest at left and cliffs at right all in background. Central bearded, bald figure in monk garb with rosary around waist and cross around neck raises proper right arm in the air and holds left arm to his chest. Crouching bearded figure in monk garb with hands together as though in prayer at right of central figure. Soldier with drawn sword to the left of the monks. Total of five horses around with two additional soldiers; one on a horse behind the monks, another to the right either mounting or dismounting a horse.