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Reliquary Bust of Saint Benedict of Nursia

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
Late 15th century

Medium:
Painted and gilded wood

Dimensions:
22 x 23 inches (55.9 x 58.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 205, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 1135

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
This bust can be identified as the Abbot Saint Benedict of Nursia (died 547) by the portrait of his sister, Saint Scholastica (died 543), on the back of his cope. A reliquary, it would have contained a piece of the saint's remains. Although the sculptor is unknown, the painting is by the Florentine artist Biagio d'Antonio (documented 1476–1504).


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