Manuscript Leaf with the Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, from a Laudario
Pacino di Bonaguida (Italian, active Florence 1302–ca. 1340)
Made in Florence, Italy
Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment
Overall: 18 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (47 x 35 cm)
Mat size: 27 7/8 x 22 in. (70.8 x 55.9 cm)
Illumination: 6 15/16 x 8 1/16 in. (17.7 x 20.5 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
The Cloisters Collection, 2006
Not on view
On this page, the final moments of the martyrdom of the apostle Bartholomew unfold with a dance-like grace that lends a sacred air to horrific events. At the left, three tormentors flay his legs and arms as Bartholomew stands chained to a city gate. At the right, the saint, wearing his own flesh tied about his neck as a mantle, kneels in prayer before a rock, his haloed head tumbling to the ground.
Pacino was a leading member of the painters’ guild in Florence. This page comes from the most important manuscript created in that city in the first half of the fourteenth century, a laudario, or book of hymns in Italian.
From the laudario of Sant'Agnese, Florence, Italy; [ Mori, Paris (sold 1924)] ; Robert Lehman, New York (1924 - 1968) ; Robin Lehman, New York (from 1968) ; [ Dr. Jörn Günther Antiquariat, Hamburg (sold 2006)]
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