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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
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.