Arrival of Saint Ursula at Cologne

Bernardo Daddiabout 1333

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Three boats approach the German city of Cologne where Saint Ursula, on her way back north after a pilgrimage to Rome, was martyred with the strike of an arrow. Ursula sits under a baldachin in the stern of the foreground boat; two of her virgin companions reach out toward the shore. The middle boat carries Pope Ciriacus and his bishops. More of Ursula's attendants follow in the last boat. Banners depicting the arms of Ursula and Ciriacus fly from the bow of each vessel.

Originally forming the left wing of a triptych with the Crucifixion in the center, this panel was made for the church of Santa Orsola in Florence. The subject, although common in Northern Europe, was rare in Tuscany. Daddi's treatment of the subject is also quite unusual. The panel is filled with surprising, naturalistic details like the frothing river produced by the oars and the boat's advancing prow.

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  • Title: Arrival of Saint Ursula at Cologne
  • Creator: Bernardo Daddi
  • Date: about 1333
  • Location Created: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 66 x 67.9 cm (26 x 26 3/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera and gold leaf on panel
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 70.PB.53
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N201
  • Department: Paintings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Paintings


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