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It is the head of one of the saints. We can’t identify him from his head alone but his darkly coloured robes and tonsure (the central section of his hair is shaved, a sign of devotion among members of religious orders) suggest he was a friar, a follower of either Saint Benedict or Saint Augustine. He resembles images of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, an Augustinian.
The tabernacle was painted on the first floor exterior wall of a house in Florence so that it would have been visible to passersby.
Head of a Tonsured, Beardless Saint
Fresco, transferred to tile
H 43 x W 35.5 cm