The Shooting of the Bull on Mount Gargano
Panel from an altarpiece; companion to John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Inv. 2101)
Palaquinos Master, Spanish (active León), active c. 1510 - c. 1520
A legend about the much-revered Saint Michael Archangel relates how a nobleman ordered his servant to shoot a stray bull on Mount Gargano in southern Italy. The arrow boomeranged and killed the archer. Consulted about this mystery, the local bishop revealed a dream in which the archangel had instructed him to build a church where the bull had strayed.
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