Ansano di Pietro di Mencio, called Sano di Pietro
- Ansano di Pietro di Mencio, called Sano di Pietro
- Saint Jerome;
Saint Anthony of Padua
- a pair, both tempera on panel, gold ground, framed as one
- each: 11 1/3 by 8 2/3 in.; 28.7 by 22 cm.
These two small panels originally formed part of a polyptych. One of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church, Saint Jerome is shown here beating his chest with a stone in penitential prayer, reminiscent of the four years he spent as a hermit in the desert of Syria. His cardinal’s hat lies next to him and he carries a crucifix as a symbol of his faithfulness to Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. Saint Anthony of Padua, the companion of Saint Francis of Assisi, is depicted wearing the rough hooded habit of Franciscan friars. His belt, formed by a simple cord with three knots symbolizes the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Portrayed with punched haloes around their heads, both saints are shown kneeling on a colorful marble floor, a decorative aspect found throughout Sano’s oeuvre.
The panels should be dated to circa 1450. We are grateful to Gaudenz Freuler and Laurence Kanter for independently endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.