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ID number:  BIRBI-50.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bicci di Lorenzo (1373-1452)
Title / Object name:  St Romuald
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Florence
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  between 1425/50
Materials:  Tempera on wood
Measurements:  34.3 x 22.8 cm
Provenance:  Henry Harris collection; Sotheby's Auction House, London, 25 October 1950 (lot 157), purchased by the Barber Institute, 1950 for £280.

This panel formed the main part of a standard which was carried on processional occasions. The open book is inscribed with the words that the spectators would have used: ‘My father Romuald, most excellent hermit, intercede with the Lord for me’.

Saint Romuald (about 950 - 1027) wears a Benedictine habit and holds a model of a church. This refers to his role as the founder of various hermitages and communities which became a new monastic order, the Camaldolese.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Inscribed on book: 'Pater meum Romualde ottimus eremita intercede λ domino pro mihi (illegible) requiescant i pace'. Further illegible inscriptions are held on papers by Saint below frame.

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