Saint Mark (?)

The draped figure is probably to be identified as Saint Mark by his general appearance and attribute of a quill pen (suggesting an evangelist), but he may also be identified with Saint Luke or Saint James. In the 17th century this painting was recorded with 'Saint Sebastian' as part of an altarpiece in the church of S. Maria dei Crociferi in Venice.

The paintings are probably late works in which Cima appears to have been influenced by the sculpture of Pietro Lombardo (about 1435 - 1515).

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
Saint Mark (?)
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Oil on wood
103.2 x 40.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924; entered the Collection in 1938
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Panels from the S. Maria dei Crociferi Altarpiece

Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano
about 1500
Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano: 'Saint Sebastian'