documented in Bologna between 1450 - 1495
tempera on panel, gold ground
unframed: 110.2 x 51 cm.; 43 3/8 x 20 1/8 in.
framed: 116.5 x 57.9 cm.; 45 7/8 x 22 3/4 in.
The large single-plank panel is uncradled and bowed. The paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish slightly discoloured; much of the gilding has also been lost, and there is evidence of old woodworm in this area. Some of the underdrawing is visible beneath paint surface. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the rather opaque varnish, but reveals some old retouching to an area in St Roch's elbow, and throughout his drapery; there are also a couple of areas in the foreground. There are some fine lines of strengthening in his beard, around the top of his hair and around his jawline. The painting is in overall fair condition.
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M. Minardi & F. Giannini, Tabula picta. Italian Paintings from the Late Gothic Age to the Renaissance, Milan 2018, pp. 12-13, 64-69, reproduced.
Milan, Galleria Salamon, Tabula picta. Italian Paintings from the Late Gothic Age to the Renaissance, 23 November 2018 - 1 February 2019.
Tommaso Garelli is documented in Bologna in 1450 as 'magister pictor', and in 1458 completed a tabernacle in the church of San Michele in Bosco. He had a personal and artistic relationship with Marco Zoppo that can be traced to the first half of the 1460s, following which he progressively opened his style to the models of the Veneto.
We are grateful to both Mauro Minardi and Giacomo Alberto Calogero for proposing the attribution of this panel to Tommaso Garelli.