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Saints Anthony Abbot and Francis of Assisi
Andrea Sacchi

Saint Anthony reads a book and holds his tau-shaped cross; Saint Francis crosses his hands before him, showing his stigmata, and looks heavenwards.

This work, and its companion picture 'Saints Andrew and Thomas' by Bernini, are both recorded in a 1692 inventory of the Barberini collection, Rome.

Key facts
Artist Andrea Sacchi
Artist dates 1599/1600 - 1661
Full title Saints Anthony Abbot and Francis of Assisi
Group Four Saints for Palazzo Barberini
Date made before 1627
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 61 x 78 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Messrs P. and D. Colnaghi, 1967
Inventory number NG6382
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Four Saints for Palazzo Barberini

These two paintings were presumably made as pendants, or companion pieces, and would have hung together.

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