Four Scenes from the Early Life of Saint Zenobius

This painting and 'Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius' are from a series illustrating the life of the 5th-century bishop Zenobius, one of Florence's patron saints, perhaps made as domestic decorations for a patrician family (two other panels from the series survive).

The panels illustrate episodes from Fra Clemente Mazza's 'Life of Saint Zenobius', first printed in 1487. Saint Zenobius renounces his intended bride; he is baptized by Saint Theodosius, Bishop of Florence; his mother is baptized; he is consecrated Bishop of Florence by the Pope.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1445 - 1510
Full title
Four Scenes from the Early Life of Saint Zenobius
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
66.7 x 149.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Spalliera Panels

Sandro Botticelli
about 1500
Sandro Botticelli: 'Three Miracles of Saint Zenobius'