Property from a Private Collection
active in Zaragoza 1458 - 1480
Saint Bernardino of Siena
oil on panel
125.9 x 60.5 cm.; 49½ x 23⅞ in.
The thick panel is formed of three vertical planks, supported by three horizontal battens with horse hair applied to the reverse. The joins in the panel are visible, particular that which runs through the centre of the painting and which has associated losses. Further losses run through the right-hand side of Saint Bernardino's habit, the mitre on the right-hand side, and in the angel (lower right). Raised circular forms are visible in the surface which correspond to the battens on the reverse. There are several areas of visible retouching to old losses in the gold background, the tree on the right, in Saint Bernardino's chest, in the hem of his habit, just above the scroll, and in the foreground. Many of these do not fluoresce under the old varnish, but ultraviolet light reveals more recent retouching along the central panel join, around the right-hand mitre, around the angel's head (lower right), and to the left of the angel (lower left). In overall moderate condition. Offered in a plain gilt wood frame with some damages.
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We are grateful to Professor Antoni Pitarch for proposing the attribution to Tomás Giner, a late Gothic artist working in Zaragoza, on the basis of a digital image. Professor Pitarch notes the similarities between this painting and, amongst other works, Giner's panels for the Retable of don Dalmau de Mur, particularly that depicting Saints Augustine and Lawrence, today in the Episcopal Palace, Zaragoza,(1) and the depiction of Saint Blaise, in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.(2) The faces of these saints compare closely with that of Saint Bernardino here, as does the pastilla work, which was particularly favoured in Aragon at this time.
1 See R. Steven Janke, 'The Retable of Don Dalmau de Mur y Cervelloó from the Archbishop's Palace at Saragossa: A Documented Work by Francí Gomar and Tomás Giner', in Metropolitan Museum Journal, 18, 1983, pp. 75–77, reproduced p. 76, figs 13 and 14.
2 Inv. no. 064051-000.