Saint Peter Martyr Healing the Leg of a Young Man

Antonio Vivarini Italian

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This painting belongs to a series of eight scenes that would have been arranged around an image or statue of Saint Peter Martyr (1205–1252). Here the saint ministers to a youth who had kicked his mother and cut off his leg in remorse. A genial storyteller, Antonio sets the scene in a carpenter’s shop. Together with his younger brother Bartolomeo, his partner Giovanni d’Allemagna (who died in 1450), and his son Alvise, Antonio established a family enterprise in Venice surpassed in prestige only by that of Jacopo Bellini and his sons.

Saint Peter Martyr Healing the Leg of a Young Man, Antonio Vivarini (Italian, Venice, active by 1440–died 1476/84), Tempera and gold on wood

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