St. Philip Benizzi and the Gamblers
St. Philip Benizzi and the Gamblers
St. Philip Benizzi and the Gamblers

St. Philip Benizzi and the Gamblers

Pier Francesco Foschi (Italian, 1502-1567)

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This painting depicts a scene from the life of St. Philip Benizzi, the principal saint of the Servites, a monastic order founded in 1240 by seven wealthy Florentine city councilors. In this work, St. Philip and two companions are interrupted as they ascend Monte Senario, the mountain near Florence that was home to their community. Three dissolute young men, after pursuing the saint and mocking his piety, have been struck by lightning.

Pier Francesco Foschi was a follower of Andrea del Sarto, a leading artist of the Florentine High Renaissance.

Giuseppe Toscanelli [1828-1891], Florence, Italy, until 1883. {1} Probably (Armand Georges Lowengard [died 1943]), Paris, France. {2} (Boehler and Steinmeyer, Lucerne, Switerland), possibly in 1922. {3} Julius H. Haass [died 1931], Detroit, Michigan, and by descent to his wife Mrs. Lillian Henkel Haass [1879-1960], Detroit; (Newhouse Galleries, New York, New York); Sold to Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes [1877-1958], Indianapolis, Indiana, in May 1958; Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, 1958--present; on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Clowes Fund, since 1971 (C10075); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2016.

{1} Sold at Jules Sambon, Florence, 9-13 April 1883, Catalogue de la Collection Toscanelli de Florence, Tableaux , Meubles et Objets d’art, lot no. 85, as Andrea del Sarto, and illustrated in the accompanying Collection Toscanelli: Album contenant la reproduction des Tableaux et Meubles anciens, plate XIX.
{2} In notes provided to Dr. Clowes by Newhouse Galleries, the “Lowengard Collection, Paris” is identified as a former owner. No other Lowengard is known other than Armand Georges Lowengard, who was Joseph Duveen’s nephew and, like his uncle, involved in the art trade. See IMA Clowes Archive, Foschi file.
{3} Boehler and Steinmeyer was founded in Lucerne in 1919, and existed into the early 1930s.

Object Information

Pier Francesco Foschi (Italian, 1502-1567)
creation date
about 1540
oil on panel
5-1/2 x 23 in.
accession number
credit line
The Clowes Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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