St Bernardino Preaching

Lorenzo di Pietro di Giovanni Vecchietta (studio of)About 1462 - About 1463

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom

St Bernardino (1380-1444) was a Franciscan friar from Siena and the most important travelling preacher in early 15th-century Italy. He is preaching from an outdoor pulpit on the facade of a church, which has been ‘opened up’ to reveal the interior. The artist has used the new rules of perspective to focus attention on the crucifix at the centre of the composition. Following custom the women are divided from the men by a curtain. The artist’s name is unknown. He was probably one of Vecchietta’s talented associates working in Siena and may have been Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439-1501).


  • Title: St Bernardino Preaching
  • Creator: Lorenzo di Pietro di Giovanni Vecchietta (studio of)
  • Creator Lifespan: 1410/1480
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Siena, Italy
  • Creator Birth Place: Siena, Italy
  • Date Created: About 1462 - About 1463
  • tag / style: Renaissance; St Bernardino; Franciscan friar; Siena; preaching; outdoor pulpit; church; perspective; crucifix; women; men; curtain
  • Physical Dimensions: w7920 x h3200 cm (Without frame)
  • Artwork History: The painting was previously in the collection of William Roscoe. William Roscoe (1753-1831) was a successful Liverpool lawyer and Radical politician whose interests included history, poetry, botany, languages and art. Remarkably, he was, on the whole, a self-educated man. To find out more about Roscoe, please follow the link below:http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/collectors/williamroscoe.asp
  • Additional artwork information: This painting was the subject of two ‘Artwork Highlight’ talks at the Walker Art Gallery in 2004 and 2008. To read the notes from these talks please follow these links : http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picture-of-month/displaypicture.asp?venue=2&id=242 http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picture-of-month/displaypicture.asp?venue=2&id=346
  • Type: Tempera paint on canvas transferred from wood
  • Rights: Presented by Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948

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