Manuscript Illumination with Saint Dominic Saving the Church of Saint John Lateran in an Initial A, from a Gradual
Made in Lombardy, possibly Cremona, Italy
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
4 5/16 x 3 11/16 in. (10.9 x 9.3 cm)
Mat: 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, 1930
Not on view
Dominicans believe that Pope Innocent III allowed their order to be established after he dreamed that Saint Dominic saved the church of Saint John Lateran-the pope's own parish church in Rome-from collapse by throwing his own weight against its walls. Here, the artist showed cracks in the walls, emphasizing the church's shaky foundations and the heroic efforts of the saint.
Gwynne M. Andrews, New York (until 1931)
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. 38, fig. 45-46.
Kennedy, Trinita, ed. Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014. no. 36, pp. 173-174.
Robson, Janet. "The Changing Imagery of Saint Francis in the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi." In Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy, edited by Trinita Kennedy. Nashville: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2014. no. 36, p. 26.