Bartholomeus Breenbergh 1598 – 1657

The Stoning of Saint Stephen

oil on panel (67 × 92 cm) — 1632 Museum J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Bartholomeus Breenbergh biography

This work is linked to Acts 7:58

Tags: Paul | Stephen

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The pious Stephen was a member of the first Christian community in Jerusalem. He was stoned to death because he had accused priests of breaking the law. A crowd captured him and stoned him outside the city walls. Stephen thus became the first Christian martyr. From a distance Paul looks on. At the time he was still a fanatical persecutor of Christians.

A wide, open landscape with Roman ruins: this painting is typical for the works of Breenbergh.

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