Saint John the Evangelist Causes a Pagan Temple to Collapse

Francescuccio Ghissi (Francesco di Cecco Ghissi) Italian

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These three charming scenes belong to an altarpiece painted about 1370, probably for a church in the artist’s native Fabriano, in the region of the Marches. They illustrate the life of Saint John the Evangelist and follow the thirteenth-century Golden Legend. Saint John raises a young man, Satheus, from the dead; Satheus rebukes two former disciples for their interest in worldly goods, whereupon they return to Saint John and beg forgiveness; Saint John prays for the destruction of the Temple of Diana. Together with five other scenes, they were arranged in two tiers to either side of a Crucifixion.

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Saint John the Evangelist Causes a Pagan Temple to Collapse, Francescuccio Ghissi (Francesco di Cecco Ghissi) (Italian, Marchigian, active 1359–74), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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