The Death of the Blessed Filippo Benizzi
Predella panel; a companion panel is in the Slezské Museum, Opava, Czech Republic (D5 77)
Niccolò Giolfino, Italian (active Verona), 1476 - 1555
Saint Filippo Benizzi was a thirteenth-century holy man of the Servite order. His cult was popular from the 1200s but was not officially approved by the Church until 1515 (the year this picture was painted); he was not canonized (made a saint) until 1671. Here he is shown with the golden rays of the blessed. The panel was painted for a lost altarpiece for the chapel of Arnolfo de Arcolis in the Servite church of Verona, Italy.