|Title||A Martyr (Saint Sebastian?)|
|Collection||New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester|
|Artist|| Bembo, Bonifacio (Italian painter, active 1447-1478, died before 1482)
Previously attributed to Francesco di Gentile da Fabriano (Italian painter, 15th c.)
Previously attributed to Italian (Cremonese) School
|Date Earliest||about 1440|
|Date Latest||about 1470|
This is one of two small panel paintings attributed to Bonifacio Bembo in the New Walk Museum. This panel features an unidentified saint who wears spurs and a fur-trimmed tunic of a kind that was fashionable in the fifteenth century. In his right hand he holds a flowering palm which alludes to his martyr status; the sword in his left hand indicates that the figure may represent Saint Sebastian.
This panel, like its companion, has an arched top; it is unclear if the panels were painted as a pair or as part of a larger work.
|Current Accession Number||L.F26.1950.0.0|
|Former Accession Number||26 A 1950|
|Subject||figure; landscape; religion ( a martyr)|
|Measurements||72.4 x 23.5 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on panel|
|Acquisition Details||Purchased at Henry Harris sale, though Sotheby's, 1950, lot 189, as one of Two Saints by School of Cremona, £400 with pendant.|
|Publications||Van Marle, R., Italian Schools of Painting, The Hague, 1934, vol. 15, p. 75, cat. no. 4, as by Francesco di Gentile; Leicester Museums and Art Gallery: Collection of Paintings, Leicester, 1958, no. 28, ill. 1a; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 14.|
Related work: L.F25.1950.0.0.
The paintings formerly belonged to Henry Harris, a collector whose particular interest focussed on early Renaissance works.
A note in the 1950 Sotheby's catalogue compares these panels on stylistic grounds to a triptych by Cristoforo Moretti which was published by Longhi in 1928.
|Rights Owner||Leicester City Museums Service|
|Author||Dr Angela Smith|