Madonna col Bambino e i santi Silvestro, Girolamo, Giovanni Battista e Maurelio

The “Virgin and Child with Saints Sylvester, Jerome, John the Baptist and Maurelio” (Ferrara, Cathedral) is an altarpiece executed for the Benedictine nuns of the church of San Silvestro and it was terminated in 1524, the same year of the consecration of the church. Critics have found it similar to the Pala Trotti, especially for the architecture of the throne and the landscape in the background, revealing Garofalo's growth towards Raphael models. With regard to the characters that crowd the scene, we found: in foreground Pope Sylvester I on the left and St. Maurelio the bishop on the right; in secondary plane St. Jerome with the lion at his feet, on the left, and John the Baptist, indicating the coming of the Saviour, on the right. On the background, two other figures: on the right it probably stands St. George while, on the left, maybe a female saint martyr.


Copyrighted image: "Under concession of the Ministry of Cultural Activities, Heritage and Tourism – Heritage of Fine Arts and Landscape of Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara”.




Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo.

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