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St. Vitalis

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St. Vitalis

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Niccolò di Segna
Italian, active 1331–1345

Date

ca. 1340

Medium

Tempera on panel

Accession #

58.51

Dimensions

27 1/8 x 19 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204

Description

St. Vitalis is representative of Niccolò’s mature style and is believed to have been a panel from a sumptuous polyptych that included St. Catherine of Alexandria as well. It is also the earliest surviving depiction of St. Vitalis, who was rarely represented in Tuscan art. He is shown dressed as a Roman soldier and holding the instrument of his martyrdom or torture. As with any Trecento “portrait,” this one is intended to be symbolic of a saint and is not meant to look real.

Credit

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

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