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

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

Bernardino was born in Massa di Carrara, in Tuscany, Italy in 1380. During the plague of 1400, he cared for the sick in a hospital in Siena when the staff there had been wiped out by the disease. In 1402 he joined the Franciscan Order, and began a career of preaching. His oratory drew congregations of many thousands. He died in 1444 in Aquila while on a preaching tour of Italy and was canonised in 1450.

Bernardino used the monogram of Jesus, IHS, as a badge and he is often shown carrying this symbol. He is also usually depicted wearing a Franciscan cowl, as in this painting, and is recognisable from his worn appearance.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1436/7 - 1504
Full title
Saint Bernardino
Group
Date made
probably about 1456-61
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
72 x 25.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG630.2
Location in Gallery

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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint John the Baptist'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'The Pietà'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Jerome'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Catherine'
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Giorgio Schiavone
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Sebastian'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'A Female Saint'