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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
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.



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