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Title A Man Presenting a Votive Offering to Saint Ferma, Protector of Navigators
Alternative Title Ex-Voto Painting with a Knight of Malta
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Italian School
Date Earliest about 1730
Date Latest about 1790
Description A man is presenting a votive offering to St Ferma, Protector of Navigators. She is also the patron saint of Citivecchia in Italy. Alternatively, the harbour may be in Malta rather than Italy as the man is wearing a uniform that has two Maltese crosses on it. One of the ships in the harbour has a coat of arms with a black eagle on its flag which resembles the Hapsburg emblem. The inscription on the bottom centre shows that this was made after the donor survived the battle. The half moon crescents represent the Turks. The painting is by an Italian artist.
Current Accession Number 44905i
Former Accession Number CC 5126
Inscription front ll 'S. FERMA V.M./ PROTETRICE DE/ NAVIGANTI.'; front lc 'PER GRATIE RICEVVTE.'
Subject figure; military and war; marine; religion; still life
Measurements 77.5 x 93 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance Purchased by Captain P. Johnston Saint on behalf of Henry Solomon Wellcome from Ferrando, Rome, November 1929, 11; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome, 1929.
Notes The following is recorded on the reverse 'Ref. Cat. F, N 846; A 4022; 410004'. There is a large patch of bare canvas. The costume suggests a mid eighteenth-century date.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn
 

 

 

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