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Title A Monastic Saint Washing Christ's Feet in a Hospital
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Italian School
Date Earliest 1700
Date Latest 1800
Description A monastic saint is washing Christ's feet in a hospital. The monk is of the order of the hospital. On the plinth behind Christ is a shield with the coat of arms of the order of the hospital painted on. This bears a hand holding a Myrtle branch on a red shield. The painting is probably by an Italian painter of the eighteenth century although Henry Wellcome purchased it believing it to be a thirteenth- or fourteenth-century work. The inscription "Seba. Bracius fecit fier[i]" means "Sebastiano Bracci caused [the painting] to be made". The arms may be his.
Current Accession Number 44936i
Former Accession Number CC 5013; P 28/1945
Inscription front ll 'SEBA. BRACIVS FECIT FIER'
Subject religion (Christ); interior; figure; animal (dog; cat); everyday life; still life
Measurements 113 x 130.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance With Dr Rossi, Rome December 1928; purchased by Captain J. Saint on behalf of Henry Solomon Wellcome, December 1928 as by 'Sebastian Bracius Fier;'; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome, 5 September 1929, 38.
Notes The register says that the work may be by 'Sebastian Bracius Fier'. The arms show a hand holding out a Myrtle branch on a red field.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn
 

 

 

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