Saint Reparata Tortured with Red-Hot Irons

Bernardo Daddi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601

Martyred under the third-century Roman emperor Decius, Saint Reparata was a patron saint of Florence, for whom its cathedral was named. These panels are from the high altarpiece of that city’s cathedral (the main panels are now in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence). Unusually, the altarpiece had a double, or two-tiered, base (predella), the lower level of which showed eight scenes from the saint’s life. Her tormentors have been scratched out and defaced by viewers who responded in outrage to their actions.

Saint Reparata Tortured with Red-Hot Irons, Bernardo Daddi (Italian, Florence (?) ca. 1290–1348 Florence), Tempera on wood, gold ground (tooled pattern added possibly in the late nineteenth century)

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