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The Shooting of the Bull on Mount Gargano

Panel from an altarpiece; companion to John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Inv. 2101)

Palaquinos Master, Spanish (active León), active c. 1510 - c. 1520

Made in Spain, Europe

c. 1515

Tempera and tooled gold on panel

35 1/8 x 30 15/16 inches (89.2 x 78.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 305, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Inv. 2100

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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A legend about the much-revered Saint Michael Archangel relates how a nobleman ordered his servant to shoot a stray bull on Mount Gargano in southern Italy. The arrow boomeranged and killed the archer. Consulted about this mystery, the local bishop revealed a dream in which the archangel had instructed him to build a church where the bull had strayed.

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