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St Nicholas of Bari banishing the Storm

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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This panel comes from the predella of a large altarpiece of 1433–1435 for S. Niccolò in Cafaggio, Florence, whose parts are now scattered in various collections. The 'Virgin and Child with Four Angels' in the centre was flanked by pairs of saints ('Sts Benedict and Nicholas of Bari' and 'St John the Baptist and an Evangelist', probably St Matthew). The predella showed scenes from the life of St Nicholas, of which five are known: the birth of the saint; pilgrims at the shrine of the saint; St Nicholas resuscitating three youths; the saint providing dowries for three sisters (three gold balls, his traditional attribute); and banishing the storm.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Date

1433–1435

Medium

tempera & gilding on panel

Measurements

H 29 x W 59 cm

Accession number

WA1850.26

Acquisition method

Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850

Work type

Painting


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