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The Stoning of St. Stephen, Attributed to Pietro Testa (1611-1650).

Oil on canvas, 52cm by 41cm.

Stephen was a deacon in the early Church who made enemies within the Church through his radical teaching. He was accused of blasphemy, but during his trial he made a fierce denunciation of the Jewish authorities who were sitting in judgement upon him and was subsequently stoned to death, becoming the first Christian martyr.



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