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Saint Bernardino Preaching from a Pulpit

Artist:
Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, Siena 1439–1501 Siena)
Date:
ca. 1470–75
Medium:
Tempera on parchment
Dimensions:
8 1/4 x 5 5/8 in. (21 x 14.3cm) Inside frame: 7 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (20 x 14cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.2474
Not on view
Essentially a small painting on parchment, this miniature contains an unusually vivid and naturalistic portrait of the famous Sienese preacher Fra Bernardino degli Albizzeschi (1380–1444), canonized by Pope Nicholas V in 1450. He is dressed in the habit of the Franciscan Order, preaching from a wooden pulpit, as was his custom in Siena and in other cities across Italy. The image, perhaps from a book of hymns in honor of Saint Bernardino, was executed by Francesco di Giorgio, a Sienese painter, illuminator, sculptor, architect, and military engineer.
Inscription: Annotated (on verso): PERICINO [BERNARDINO?] [F]ECIT LAURENTIUS VECCIETT

Marking: Annotated in imitation Gothic script on the verso: PERICINO [BERNARDINO?] [F]ECIT LAURENTIUS VECCIETT; added later in pencil at right center: 16 (circled), and at center bottom: 2 (circled)
Private collection, Munich (?); [Leo S. Olschki, Florence]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Olschki in summer 1929.
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