Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius

Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604

This panel, likely originally part of a daybed or wainscoting for a marriage chamber, belongs to a series illustrating the life of Zenobius, the fifth-century bishop of Florence. Botticelli had come under the influence of Christian reformer Girolamo Savonarola and began painting austere religious narratives with a sense of urgency and foreboding. Here, the saint feverishly rushes across a surreal townscape, raising the dead. At left, he meets a funeral procession and resurrects a dead youth. At center, he raises a man killed while transporting a casket of relics. At right, Saint Eugenius receives water and salt blessed by Zenobius, who then hastens across the square to revive a dead relative.

Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius, Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (Italian, Florence 1444/45–1510 Florence), Tempera on wood

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