Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius

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This is the second panel in a series of four paintings that tell the story of Florence’s patron saint, Zenobius. Botticelli shows three of the saint’s miracles set in the streets of Florence. In the first scene, on the far left, he shows the saint – who was the bishop of Florence – dressed in a bishop’s mitre and white gloves, exorcising two boys of demons. In the central scene Zenobius restores a child to life as he lies on the lap of his wailing mother. The final episode shows Zenobius curing a blind beggar, placing his fingers over his eyelids. The architectural backdrop would have been familiar to Florentine locals: the large archway is probably the Volta di San Pietro, which still exists. It is in the square of the church of San Pier Maggiore, which Zenobius founded and which is shown here as the backdrop to the scene of the healing of the blind man.

The National Gallery, London



Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius


about 1500


Tempera on wood


H 64.8 x W 139.7 cm

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Mond Bequest, 1924

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