Scenes from the Life of Saint Vincent Ferrer

This painting is a copy of the predella panel of an altarpiece originally in the Griffoni chapel of the church of S. Petronio, Bologna. The 15th-century central panel by Francesco del Cossa depicts 'Saint Vincent Ferrer', who became a Dominican friar in 1367 and was famous as a preacher and missionary.

The side panels, now in the Brera, Milan, show Saint Peter and Saint John the Baptist. The design is unified through the architecture and the rocky landscape.

The original predella panel (Rome, Vatican Museums) is also attributed to Ercole de' Roberti.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1435/6 - about 1477/8
Full title
Scenes from the Life of Saint Vincent Ferrer
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
30.5 x 215 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Pope Pius XI, 1930
Inventory number
Location in Gallery