Beheading of Saint Barbara, c. 1501


Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1926expand_more  P.10,962

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According to legend, the nobleman Dioscurus was so afraid that a suitor would captivate his beloved daughter Barbara that he shut her away in a tower. She managed to convert to Christianity by corresponding with a teacher in Alexandria, which infuriated her father, who was a heathen. As punishment he cut off her head, a fate that Master MZ shows her enduring with a martyr's grace. This print demonstrates the peculiarities that scholars invariably associate with his work, including oddities of scale and stiff, awkward poses.

Beheading of Saint Barbara
Artist Life
active c. 1500
Accession Number
Albertina duplicate (L.5g); Knoedler & Co., 1926
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 9
Curator Approved

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