San Gimignano enthroned with eight stories of his life

Taddeo di Bartolo1401

Fondazione Musei Senesi

Fondazione Musei Senesi
Siena, Italy

The protagonist of the poliptych is San Gimignano, bishop of Modena in the IVth century, and supposed protector of the tuscan city during a tragic war. The bishop, giving blessing, wrapped in a sumptuous red cape with gold punched work, holds a faithful model of the city with its wall, outer gate and slender towers, quite realistic in the rendering of architectural details. The vivacious lateral storiettes narrate episodes from the life of the bishop, famous for his great power against demons. Due to this particular reputation, he was called to the court of Constantinople to restore health to Emperor Gioviano's daughter. In fact, we see him, on the right side, embarking on a ship which, to the devil's meddling, is capsized by a storm; the nearby images show the saint liberating the emperor's daughter the demon that possessed her and, above, receiving gifts of gratitude from Gioviano.


  • Title: San Gimignano enthroned with eight stories of his life
  • Creator Lifespan: ca. 1362 - 1422
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Siena
  • Creator Birth Place: Siena
  • Date Created: 1401
  • painter: Taddeo di Bartolo
  • collocation: San Gimignano, Civic Museums of San Gimignano: Palazzo Comunale, Picture Gallery, Big Tower, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Artist Biography: Taddeo di Bartolo, become very famous in Siena since the early XVth century, represents the last Sienese artist in San Gimignano before the turning to Florentine ones. His late Gothic style shows some more narrative attitudes also in the great frescoes in the Collegiate Church, where this panel was as an altarpiece.
  • Type: tempera on panel
  • Rights: Comune di San Gimignano; Curia Arcivescovile di Siena, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Montalcino; Fondazione Musei Senesi, Fondazione Musei Senesi
  • External Link: Fondazione Musei Senesi

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