St. Augustine

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Title

St. Augustine
View: Detail of Augustine's face

Subject

history; Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo

Description

St. Augustine is the subject of two paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli. This first one, executed in 1480, is in the church of Ognissanti in Florence. The other is in the Uffizi, also in Florence. It portrays Augustine of Hippo in meditation within his studio. The Coat of Arms visible in the upper part is that of the Vespucci family; it has been supposed that the picture was commissioned by Amerigo Vespucci's father. The lines in the book over the saint's head are mostly meaningless, apart from a line in which reads: Dov'è Frate Martino? È scappato. E dov'è andato? È fuor dalla Porta al Prato ("Where is Fra' Martino? He fled. And where did he go? He is outside Porta al Prato"), probably referring to the escapades of one of the monks of the church's convent.

Creator

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510)

Source

Description: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Date

1480 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

publicDomain

Format

tempera on poplar panel
152 cm (height) x 112 cm (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

bott020x.jpg

Coverage

Ognissanti (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Sandro Botticelli (Italian painter, ca. 1444-1510), “St. Augustine,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2709.

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