Saints Francis and Anthony Abbot

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The attribution to this Florentine artist is tentative and the centre panel and opposite side panel of the altarpiece have yet to be identified. Saint Anthony Abbot was an early Christian saint and hermit from Egypt whose temptations in the desert were to provide rich subject matter for many Renaissance painters. He is generally regarded as the founder of monasticism and he is here depicted with Saint Francis, founder of the Franciscan order. Many cures were claimed in Saint Anthony's name and his great popularity during the second half of the fourteenth century may have been connected with the great plague, the Black Death, which devastated Europe in 1348.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



Saints Francis and Anthony Abbot




tempera & gold on lime panel


H 101 x W 50.6 cm

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Acquisition method

acquired, before 1953

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