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Saint Sylvester and the Dragon

Predella panel of an altarpiece

Agnolo Gaddi (Agnolo di Taddeo Gaddi), Italian (active Florence), first documented 1369, died 1396

Made in Florence, Italy, Europe

c. 1380-1385

Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain

11 1/2 x 15 1/8 inches (29.2 x 38.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 310, European Art 1100-1500, third floor (Giorgi Family Foundation Gallery)

Accession Number:
Cat. 9

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Pope Sylvester I (died 335) binds the mouth of a dragon, sealing off its poisonous breath, and revives the two victims who lie in the foreground. The crowned observer on the right is the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (ruled 306–337), who, according to legend, had been cured of leprosy by Sylvester.

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