Three Saints: Roch, Anthony Abbot, and Lucy

Cima da Conegliano (Giovanni Battista Cima) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 606

Three saints, each a protector and healer, are invoked in this altarpiece. Anthony Abbot, patron saint of those with infectious diseases, stands elevated at the center. His placement suggests this work may have been made for the Hospital Brothers of Saint Anthony, a religious order that cared for the sick. Saint Anthony is flanked by Saints Roch, protector of victims of the plague (he points to a bubo on his leg), and Lucy, patron saint of the blind (identified by her illuminated lamp). Interrupting the meditative stillness of the painting is a small black pig, a symbol of Saint Anthony and evidence of Cima’s talent for depicting animals and nature.

Three Saints: Roch, Anthony Abbot, and Lucy, Cima da Conegliano (Giovanni Battista Cima) (Italian, Conegliano ca. 1459–1517/18 Venice or Conegliano), Oil on canvas, transferred from wood

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