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Saint Bernardino of Siena

Panel from an altarpiece

Antonio Vivarini, Italian (active Venice), born by 1441, died 1476/84

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1465-1470

Oil and tooled gold on panel

44 x 14 1/8 inches (111.8 x 35.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 313a, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 154

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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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