Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : The Death of the Blessed Filippo Benizzi

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

Made in Verona, Italy, Europe


Oil on panel

12 5/16 x 19 3/16 inches (31.3 x 49.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 247

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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.