Saint Zeno, the 4th-century Bishop of Verona, is on the left. Saint John the Baptist, who holds a reed cross around which is a scroll inscribed with words from his Gospel, is in the centre, and a female saint with a book and palm (perhaps Saint Catherine of Alexandria) stands on the right.

This painting has been transferred to canvas, and may have been cut down at this time. It has been suggested that originally the saints were full-length.

Key facts

Artist dates
living 1459; died 1523
Full title
Saint Zeno, Saint John the Baptist and a Female Martyr
Date made
probably about 1495
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
102.9 x 141 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery