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A Bishop Saint, perhaps Saint Augustine

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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This young, contemplative saint dressed as a bishop has been identified as Saint Augustine, the influential theologian and philosopher who was Bishop of Hippo (in north Africa) in the fourth century. The folds of the draperies he wears are so soft and light that they appear to be made of a very fine weight silk. Bishop’s robes would actually have been made from thick textiles, in reality appearing far more rigid. This delicacy, which extends to the saint’s calm concentration, was typical of Zoppo’s painting.

The National Gallery, London



A Bishop Saint, perhaps Saint Augustine


probably about 1468


Tempera on wood


H 49.5 x W 28.6 cm

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Acquisition method

Presented by Alfred de Pass, 1920

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The National Gallery, London

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