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Saint Julian the Hospitaler Meeting His Wife after Killing His Parents

Fragment of a predella panel

Attributed to Franciabigio (Francesco di Cristofano di Francesco), Italian (active Florence and environs), 1484 - 1524

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1515

Oil on panel

10 5/16 x 7 5/16 inches (26.2 x 18.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 250, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
Inv. 2954

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Upon encountering his wife, Julian realizes that the sleeping couple he has just found and killed in her bed was not her and a lover but his parents, whom he had not seen in many years. Julian later atones for his crime by building a hospital for the poor and by guiding travelers. The cult of Saint Julian was popular in Renaissance Florence because his feast day coincided with the annual celebration of the city's liberation from a despised government.

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