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St. Anthony Abbot

Artist: Anonymous Assistants of Bartolommeo Bulgarini (active 1337 - 1378) Primary
Artist: Anonymous Assistants of Niccolò di Segna (1331 - 1348)
Date: ca. 1340-1350
14th century
Dimensions: 12.13 x 8.13 in. (30.8 x 20.64 cm)
Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Tempera and tooled gold on panel
Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation via The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT
Accession Number: 2009.01.01
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

This panel, and the adjacent painting depicting Saint Andrew, were likely the work of multiple artists, and may have originally formed part of two separate polyptychs, or multi-part altarpieces.

St. Anthony Abbot, a 3rd-4th century Egyptian Christian monk who practiced an extreme form of asceticism by living alone in the wilderness, is shown wearing a monastic habit and leaning on a staff in the shape of a t-shaped cross, while a string of prayer beads or a length of rope hangs from his belt.

This painting was part of the group of works donated by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Bridgeport, CT in 1962. When that museum became the Discovery Museum in the early 1990's, the Kress paintings were transferred to Fairfield University, where they formed the core of what would become the Fairfield University Art Museum.


Provenance

Private Collection, Citta di Castello



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paintings
Unique works in which images are formed primarily by the direct application of pigments suspended in oil, water, egg yolk, molten wax, or other liquid, arranged in masses of color, onto a generally two-dimensional surface.
public domain
Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
Christianity
Refers to the world religion and culture that developed in the first century CE, driven by the teachings of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Its roots are in the Judaic tradition and the Old Testament. The tenets include a belief in the death and redemptive resurrection of Jesus. The religion incorporates a tradition of faith, ritual, and a form of church authority or leadership.

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