Saint Louis of Toulouse

Cosmè Tura (Cosimo di Domenico di Bonaventura) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 611

Tura, an enormously original painter, became the first major artist of Ferrara. While working at the court of the powerful Este family, he became known for his expressive, otherworldly images of saints. Pictured from a low viewpoint as though standing on the edge of the frame—a device to produce the effect that the saint could move into our space—is Saint Louis of Toulouse, a Neapolitan prince who surrendered his claim to the throne and joined the Franciscan friars. He is shown with a jeweled bishop’s hat, episcopal gloves, and a staff. This picture is from an altarpiece that most likely included a companion panel of Saint Nicholas of Bari (Musée d’Arts de Nantes).

Saint Louis of Toulouse, Cosmè Tura (Cosimo di Domenico di Bonaventura) (Italian, Ferrara ca. 1433–1495 Ferrara), Tempera on canvas, stretched over wood, transferred from wood, gold ground

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