Saint Mark the Evangelist and Saint Sinibaldus Venerated by Members of a Lay Confraternity
Cristoforo Cortese (Italian, Venice, active ca. 1390, died before 1445)
Tempera and gold on parchment
11 7/16 x 8 5/16 in. (29 x 21.1cm) Miniature with frame: 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (21.6 x 14.6cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 1975.1.2468
Not on view
This leaf was an opening page of a mariegola, or register, painted by Cristoforo Cortese, the most famous and prolific Venetian illuminator of the first half of the fifteenth century, for a German confraternity in Venice. The lay members of this confraternity are shown kneeling at the feet of Saint Mark, patron saint of Venice, and Saint Sinibaldus, patron saint of Nuremberg, holding his characteristic attribute of a pilgrim’s staff and a model of the church dedicated to him in that city. By 1400, with the expansion of German business in Venice, there were several confraternities of German merchants that became influential art patrons.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Annotated in the center of the verso: 55 (circled) in pencil; along the stub: 358 in black ink and x fin XIV et XV in pencil
[Les Frères Kalebdjian, Paris (no. 358)]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Kalebdjian.
Artist:Cristoforo Cortese (Italian, Venice, active ca. 1390, died before 1445) Date:ca. 1401–7Medium:Tempera and gold on parchment, the gold filigree decoration applied on brownish gray bole.Accession:1975.1.2465bOn view in:Not on view