Florentine painter, Santa Reparata and stories of her life

Florentine painter
Sala della Maddalena
Tempera pigments, wood
Shaping, painting
Height: 113 cm; Width: 78 cm; Thickness: 13 cm;

Rectangular painting on panel with the central figure of Saint Reparata surrounded by scenes from her life, attributed to an early 15th century Florentine artist. Saint Reparata stands at the centre of the painting wearing a red mantle. In her right hand she holds the banner bearing the emblem of Florence: a red cross against a white background. In her left hand she holds a closed book and a palm, the symbol of her martyrdom. The saint is surrounded by four scenes linked to the most significant events of her life, while below her are Saint John on the left and Saint Zenobius on the right. Saint Reparata was the patron saint of the old Church on whose foundations Santa Maria del Fiore was later built. Together with Saint Zenobius and Saint John the Baptist she is the patron saint of Florence. The gilded wooden frame, more recent than the painting itself, rests on two clawed lion’s paws which emerge from a garland of acanthus leaves adorning the lower part of the frame. 

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