Panel from an Altarpiece
Saint Anthony of Padua [this side], Saint Accursius [other side]

Panel from an altarpiece; companion to a panel in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (EW1993-127-4a,b)

Pau Várgos, Spanish (Barcelona), died 1495

Geography:
Made in Barcelona, Spain, Europe

Date:
Early 1490s

Medium:
Oil and tooled gold on panel

Dimensions:
68 x 39 inches (172.7 x 99.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location:

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

Accession Number:
EW1993-127-3a,b

Credit Line:
Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, the George W. Elkins Fund, and bequest (by exchange) of Anne Thomson in memory of her father, Frank Thomson, and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Clarke Thomson, and with Museum funds, 1993

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Label:

This two-sided panel comes from a large altarpiece depicting saints of the Franciscan order. The altarpiece was probably made for a church in the Spanish province of Catalonia.

The Franciscan friar Saint Anthony of Padua holds a chalice with a grapevine, a symbol of the Christian rite of Communion. Saint Anthony died in Padua, Italy, but was originally from Coimbra in Portugal.

Saint Accursius was one of the first Franciscan martyrs. In 1219 he was executed in Morocco for preaching the Christian religion in the main mosque of Marrakech.


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