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Saint Vincent Ferrer (1350–1419)

Artist:
Giuseppe Sanmartino (Italian, 1720–1793)
Date:
1750
Culture:
Italian, Naples
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Height: 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, and Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.93
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 550
This Spanish Dominican was frequently known as "the Angel of Judgement," reflecting his powerful preaching of repentance and penance that converted tens of thousands of non-believers within and outside Spain. Vincent's fervor transcended so many language barriers that he was believed to possess the gift of tongues, symbolized by the flame emerging from his tonsured pate.

[Johanna Hecht, 2002]
Signature: On the proper left side of base: G. SAMMARTINO
[ sale, Christie's, London , December 13, 1994, lot 91; sold to Katz for £6,325 ] ; [ Daniel Katz Ltd. , until 1996; sold to MMA ]
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