Saint Bernardino of Siena
Panel from an altarpiece
Antonio Vivarini, Italian (active Venice), born by 1441, died 1476/84
Soon after Bernardino's canonization in 1450, portraits of him began to appear in Italian altarpieces. Here, the saint is depicted holding a tablet inscribed with the name of Jesus in Greek. Due to Bernardino's influence, this emblem became a popular decoration for Italian churches, public buildings, and houses.
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