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ID number:  BIRBI-61.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Castello, Valerio (1624-1659)
Title / Object name:  The Madonna and Child, with Saints Peter and Paul, appearing to St Bruno in a Vision
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Città di Castello
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1650
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  118 x 145.5 cm unframed; 143.7 x 170.3 x 7.2cm framed
Provenance:  Colnagli's Auction House; purchased by the Barber Institute, May 1961 for £1,400.

Saint Bruno (about 1030 - 1101) is shown in the white habit of the Carthusian monks whose order he founded. In his vision he sees the Virgin and Child accompanied by Saints Peter and Paul. They are identified by their respective symbols - keys and a book. According to legend, Bruno rejected the position of bishop of Reggio, preferring a solitary life of prayer. The symbols of a bishop, the mitre and the crozier, refer to this.

Castello was the leading painter in Genoa in the mid seventeenth century.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Paintings by Old Masters', Colnaghi, London, 1961 (no. 28)

1 Related People

Castello, Valerio

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Valerio Castello
Manzitti, C.

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