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Attributed to The Brunswick Monogrammist, 'The Raising of Tabitha', possibly about 1540

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Full title The Raising of Tabitha
Artist Attributed to The Brunswick Monogrammist
Artist dates active about 1535 - 1555
Date made possibly about 1540
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 25.3 × 42.7 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Sir Michael Sadler through the Art Fund in memory of Lady Sadler, 1931
Inventory number NG4573
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Raising of Tabitha
Attributed to The Brunswick Monogrammist

A sick person wearing a white veil and gown lies in bed. A barefoot man kneels beside the bed; another stands at the bed head, holding a pink shirt. This is probably the raising of Tabitha (Acts 9: 36–41), one of the miracles performed by Saint Peter after Christ’s death. Tabitha was a disciple of Christ. When she died, her friends sent for Saint Peter and brought him to where her body had been laid. The saint knelt beside the bed and prayed, and said ‘arise’ – Tabitha opened her eyes and sat up.

The style has features in common with the work of the Brunswick Monogrammist: stocky figures, often seen from the back, with round heads and sloping shoulders, and theatrical gestures. The painting is not in good condition – the panel has been extended at the left and lower edges, and what is painted here is not part of the original composition.

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