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

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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.

Other paintings in this group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Saint Bernardino
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
Saint Bernardino
Saint Peter Martyr
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Peter Martyr
Saint John the Baptist
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint John the Baptist
The Pietà
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
The Pietà
Saint Jerome
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Jerome
Saint Catherine
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Catherine
Saint Sebastian
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Sebastian
A Female Saint
Giorgio Schiavone
probably about 1456-61
A Female Saint

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