Saint Agnes

Artist: After a model by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, Naples 1598–1680 Rome)

Date: third quarter 17th century

Culture: Italian, Rome

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Overall (confirmed): 13 15/16 × 6 × 5 7/8 in. (35.4 × 15.2 × 14.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Bronze

Credit Line: Purchase, Bequest of Vivian W. Lehman, 1978

Accession Number: 1978.202


The saint is shown standing, her gaze lifted to heaven to emphasize her ecstatic expression. She wears a robe and heavy cloak and holds a palm symbolizing her martyrdom. A lamb, symbol of Saint Agnes, is depicted crouching at her feet. Another example of this statuette is in the Chapel of Palazzo Doria, Rome.