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Saint Romuald

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This panel formed the main part of a standard which was carried on processional occasions. The open book is inscribed with the words that the spectators would have used: ‘My father Romuald, most excellent hermit, intercede with the Lord for me’. Saint Romuald (c.950–1027) wears a Benedictine habit and holds a model of a church. This refers to his role as the founder of various hermitages and communities which became a new monastic order, the Camaldolese.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts





tempera on wood


H 34.3 x W 22.8 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased, 1950

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Inscription description

Inscribed: 'Pater meum Romualde ottimus eremita intercede λ domino pro mihi [illegible] requiescant i pace'. Further illegible inscriptions are on the frame held by the saint below the frame


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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