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Saint Anthony of Padua restores the Foot of a Man
Luca Giordano

A certain Leonardo kicked his mother. When the saint heard of this he said the offending foot deserved to be cut off; Leonardo cut it off, but the saint restored it.

This is a preparatory sketch for one of the series of six frescoes about the life of Saint Anthony of Padua (Church of San Antonio de los Portugeses, now Alemanes, Madrid).

An exact date for the frescoes is not established; they are thought to be shortly before 1700.

Key facts
Artist Luca Giordano
Artist dates 1634 - 1705
Full title Saint Anthony of Padua miraculously restores the Foot of a Self-Mutilated Man
Date made before 1700
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 105.5 x 80.3 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by C.W. Dopson, 1901
Inventory number NG1844
Location in Gallery Gallery A: Paintings after 1600
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