An Apostle, Saint, Prophet or Sage

The unidentified figure looking down from the spandrel of a painted arch is probably a fragment of a mural decoration. Such a figure is likely to represent a prophet or ancestor of Christ who prefigured the New Testament subject matter in the chapel below.

The fragment has in the past been attributed to Pordenone and described as Italian School. It is now suggested that it may derive from the Veneto; this type of spandrel figure is not uncommon among the works of followers of Veronese.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
An Apostle, Saint, Prophet or Sage
Date made
probably late 16th century
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
152 x 116.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Cavaliere Vallati, 1855
Inventory number
NG272
Location in Gallery