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The saints appear at the gates of the city, offering bread to their enemies following the instruction of the Book of Romans, which teaches: ’if thine enemy hunger, feed him' (Romans 12: 20). Some of the soldiers here rip off round rolls from a larger loaf. Well-fed, they end the siege.
This panel was part of a predella, the lowest part of an altarpiece. The altarpiece, the main panel of which is now in the Uffizi, Florence, was probably painted in 1479 for San Giusto alle Mura, a church just outside Florence that was dedicated to Saint Justus.
A Legend of Saints Justus and Clement of Volterra
Tempera on wood
H 14 x W 39.4 cm
Bequeathed by Lady Lindsay, 1912