Saint Bernardino Preaching from a Pulpit

Francesco di Giorgio Martini Italian

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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.

Saint Bernardino Preaching from a Pulpit, Francesco di Giorgio Martini (Italian, Siena 1439–1501 Siena), Tempera on parchment

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