European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
The Death of Saint Alexis
Early 16th century
Attributed to the Master of Alkmaar (Cornelis Buys?), Netherlandish (active Alkmaar and Haarlem), active c. 1490 - c. 1520
Oil on panel
Currently not on view
Cat. 351John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelIn the foreground, Roman emperors Arcadius and Honorius and Pope Innocent I examine the autobiography of Saint Alexis, a fourth-century nobleman who lived in secrecy and poverty under the stairs of his own house. In the background, the family mourns the dead saint, whose true identity has just been revealed.