The Death of Saint Alexis

Attributed to the Master of Alkmaar (Cornelis Buys?), Netherlandish (active Alkmaar and Haarlem), active c. 1490 - c. 1520

Date:
Early 16th century

Medium:
Oil on panel

Dimensions:
29 x 14 1/8 inches (73.7 x 35.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 351

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
In 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.