The Martyrdom of Saint Thiemo

1662, Artist: Christoph Paudiß



The Martyrdom of Saint Thiemo

Paudiss was trained in Rembrandt’s studio, where he became familiar with the chiaroscuro technique that he used to create eerie effects in his bizarre paintings. This picture, which he designed as an altarpiece for a side chapel of Salzburg Cathedral, portrays with frightful cruelty the martyrdom of Saint Thiemo, a scene that is otherwise seldom depicted. From 1077 to 1090 the saint was the abbot of St. Peter’s Abbey in Salzburg and was later the archbishop of the city. According to legend he was martyred at Ascalon in the Holy Land in 1102, during the First Crusade.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal XII

Object data

Object Name







Christoph Paudiß (um 1625 Niedersachsen - 1666 Freising) - GND




336 cm × 191 cm
Framed (gallery frame with inscriptions): 355,5 cm × 210,5 cm × 10 cm


Inscribed at lower left: Christstofher Paudiß 1662


Rückseite: roter Stern

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 2284


Collection Archbishop Guidobald Graf Thun, Salzburg; 1806 from the prince archbishop's residence Salzburg to Vienna; 1868 documented in the gallery depot

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