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A bishop saint, a mitre on his head and his crosier leaning casually against his shoulder, stands reading a book. This is Saint Nicholas of Bari, an enormously popular saint who is thought to have lived in the fourth century, and about whom almost nothing certain is known. This is the right-hand panel of an altarpiece made by Benvenuto di Giovanni, other parts of which are also in the National Gallery’s collection: The Virgin and Child and Saint Peter.
Tempera on wood
H 170 x W 50 cm