Manuscript Leaf with the Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, from a Laudario

Pacino di Bonaguida Italian

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On this page, the final moments of the martyrdom of the apostle Bartholomew unfold with a dance-like grace that lends a sacred air to horrific events. At the left, three tormentors flay his legs and arms as Bartholomew stands chained to a city gate. At the right, the saint, wearing his own flesh tied about his neck as a mantle, kneels in prayer before a rock, his haloed head tumbling to the ground.

Pacino was a leading member of the painters’ guild in Florence. This page comes from the most important manuscript created in that city in the first half of the fourteenth century, a laudario, or book of hymns in Italian.

#2844. Leaf from a Laudario with the Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew

Manuscript Leaf with the Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, from a Laudario, Pacino di Bonaguida (Italian, active Florence 1302–ca. 1340), Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment, Italian

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