Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : The Death of Saint Alexis

The Death of Saint Alexis

Attributed to the Master of Alkmaar (Cornelis Buys?), Netherlandish (active Alkmaar and Haarlem), active c. 1490 - c. 1520

Early 16th century

Oil on panel

29 x 14 1/8 inches (73.7 x 35.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 351

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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In the foreground, Roman emperors Arcadius and Honorius and Pope Innocent I examine the autobiography of Saint Alexis, a fourth-century nobleman who lived in secrecy and poverty under the stairs of his own house. In the background, the family mourns the dead saint, whose true identity has just been revealed.