Saint Bonaventure

Maker and role
Artist: Alvise Vivarini, Italian, born ca. 1442-53 - died ca. 1503-05
ca. 1485
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Object detail

Oil and tempera on panel with gold
24 7/8 x 14 7/8in (63.2 x 37.8cm)
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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frederic G. Oppenheimer
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Bonaventure was a Christian saint who lived in the 1200s and is often shown dressed in the brown habit of the Franciscan order with a cardinal's red hat. A man of intellectual and spiritual humility, he was considered a great scholar. Always clean-shaven because he died at a relatively young age, Bonaventure usually carries a book to signify his writings. This painting was originaly part of the upper tier of an altarpiece.
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