Manuscript Illumination with the Beheading of Saint Paul in an Initial S, from a Gradual
Master of Bagnacavallo (active late 13th century)
Made in Imola, Italy
Tempera and ink on parchment
Overall: 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. (11.8 x 11.8 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Gift of Bradish Johnson Carroll, 1926
Not on view
The Beheading of Saint Paul is one of two cuttings in the Metropolitan Museum's collection that was excised from the ensemble of choir books created for the Cathedral of Imola, near Bologna. As was often the case, the choir books were probably produced around the time of the cathedral's completion in 1271 and consecration in 1278. The patron may have been Bishop Sinibaldo Meloti da Certaldo, who also commissioned the decoration of the cathedral's tribune.
Probably from Imola Cathedral, Italy; Bradish Johnson Carroll, New York (until 1926)
Boehm, Barbara Drake. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 66, no. 3 (Winter 2009). p. 56, fig. 70.