Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Reviving a Child

Garofalo (Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 611

These two scenes from the life of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, a thirteenth-century Augustinian priest, were part of the base (predella) of an altarpiece in the Muzzarelli chapel in the church of Sant’Andrea in Ferrara, at the center of which was a sculpture of the saint. They show two of the saint’s many miracles, one in which he revived a child who had died before being baptized, and another in which, as a vegetarian, he refused to eat cooked partridges, making the sign of the cross over them as they came to life and flew away. The scenes are noteworthy for their effects of light and the beauty of the simple spaces in which the saint carries out his miracles.

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Reviving a Child, Garofalo (Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo) (Italian, Ferrara 1481–1559 Ferrara), Oil on canvas, transferred from wood

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