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St. Vitalis

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St. Vitalis

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Niccolò di Segna
Italian, active 1331–1345


ca. 1340


Tempera on panel

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27 1/8 x 19 inches


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


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.


Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

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