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St. Philip Benizzi And The Gamblers

Pier F. Foschi (Italian, 1502-1567)


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.

Object Information

artist
Pier F. Foschi (Italian, 1502-1567)
creation date
about 1540
materials
oil on panel
dimensions
5-1/2 x 23 in.
accession number
C10072
credit line
Courtesy of The Clowes Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945