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After Ercole de' Roberti (Carrine Palmieri and Rosa Falcone), Scenes from the Life of Saint Vincent Ferrer

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Full title Scenes from the Life of Saint Vincent Ferrer
Artist After Ercole de' Roberti (Carrine Palmieri and Rosa Falcone)
Artist dates active 1479; died 1496
Date made 1929
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 30.5 × 215 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Pope Pius XI, 1930
Inventory number NG597.1
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Scenes from the Life of Saint Vincent Ferrer
After Ercole de' Roberti (Carrine Palmieri and Rosa Falcone)

This long panel is a twentieth-century copy of the predella of an altarpiece by Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de‘ Roberti made for the Griffoni chapel of the church of S. Petronio, Bologna. The original predella, attributed to Ercole de’ Roberti, is in the Vatican Museums, Rome.

It shows scenes from the life of Saint Vincent Ferrer, who joined the Dominicans (a religious order founded by Saint Dominic) in 1367, becoming a friar, preacher and missionary. He was canonised in 1455. The saint is the subject of the central panel of the altarpiece which is now in the National Gallery’s collection.

The episodes show six of the saint’s miracles. Most involved healing the sick or injured or resuscitating the dead, and all are set against the backdrop of elaborate Renaissance-style architectural structures. This copy was presented to the Gallery in 1930 by Pope Pius XI.

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