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

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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.

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 Anthony of Padua
Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Saint Anthony of Padua
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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