Saint Anthony of Padua
This painting is part of the group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

This section of an altarpiece showing Saint Anthony is probably a comparatively early work by Schiavone. It is thought to come from S. Niccolò, Padua.

Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon in about 1195. He was originally an Augustinian canon but became a Franciscan friar in 1220. He was a missionary in Morocco, and a hermit in Italy. He developed a gift for preaching and was given teaching posts in Italy and France.

Anthony had a deep knowledge of the Bible and preached on the moral life and correct faith. In his lifetime he was called 'the hammer of heretics'. He died at Padua in north Italy in about 1231 and his shrine in the church of the Santo became a place of pilgrimage. Devotion to him spread due to Saint Bernardino's sermons about him. He is shown here holding his attribute of a white lily.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1436/7 - 1504
Full title
Saint Anthony of Padua
Group
Date made
probably 1456-61
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
66 x 23 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG630.3
Location in Gallery

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Giorgio Schiavone
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Bernardino'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Peter Martyr'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint John the Baptist'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'The Pietà'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Jerome'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Catherine'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Sebastian'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'A Female Saint'