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Title Saints Francis and Anthony Abbot
Collection Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Lorenzo di Bicci (Italian painter, ca.1350-1427)
Previously attributed to Italian (Bolognese) School
Previously attributed to Lorenzo di Bicci (Italian painter, ca.1350-1427)
Date Earliest about 1400
Date Latest about 1400
Description This work has been attributed to Lorenzo di Bicci, the first known artist of an important Florentine artistic dynasty which operated its workshop over more than a century. It probably occupied the left side of a multi-panelled altarpiece, of which the remaining panels are lost or unidentified. The figures represented are the popular saints Anthony Abbot, considered the founder of monasticism and credited with miraculous powers of healing, and Francis, who founded the Franciscan order in the thirteenth century. Unusually, the stigmata of St Francis are pin-pointed with tiny gold rays.
Current Accession Number K2360
Subject religion (St Francis of Assisi, St Anthony Abbot)
Measurements 91.4 x 57.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material tempera; gold on panel (hardwood {lime})
Acquisition Details Unknown, by 1953.
Publications Catalogue of Oil Paintings, City Art Gallery, Bristol, Bristol, 1970, no. K2360, p. 162; Boskovits, M., La pittura fiorentina alla vigilia del rinascimento, Florence, 1975, p. 331, fig. 145, as by Lorenzo di Bicci.

Reverse, seal with emblem similar to the letter 'B'.

Everett Fahy, Frick Collection, and Dillian Gordon, National Gallery, agreed with Boskovits' attribution to Bicci di Lorenzo, correspondence, 1979.

The work was found in the Bristol Museum store in 1953. It may have been donated during the Second World War.

The panel appears to have been cut down, and its pointed apex is missing.

Rights Owner Bristol's Museums, Galleries & Archives
Author Dr Susan Steer



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