Christ on the Cross Adored by Saints Thomas Aquinas and Catherine of Siena (Recto); Saint Dominic with Saints and Worshipping Nuns (Verso)
Lorenzo d'Alessandro da San Severino
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On one side of this panel, the Crucified Christ is flanked by the thirteenth-century theologian Thomas Aquinas and the fourteenth-century mystic Catherine of Siena, who holds the heart that Christ has given to her. The presence on the reverse of Saint Dominic, holding a stem of lilies while spreading his cloak over a group of Dominican nuns and novices kneeling in prayer, suggests that this panel belonged to a convent of that order. It is a typical example of the two-sided panels that were carried in religious processions. The letters “IHS” in the background on both sides are a Christogram: a monogram derived from the first three letters of the Greek name of Jesus, iota-eta-sigma.
Tempera on two panels
17 1/8 x 12 3/4 in. (43.5 x 32.4 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed recto left: "Bene scripisti de me Tomeus"
Inscribed recto right: "Crea in me Deus"
Gift of Mrs. Felix M. Warburg in memory of her husband
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Lorenzo d'Alessandro da San Severino (Italian, School of the Marches, documented 1462-1503). Christ on the Cross Adored by Saints Thomas Aquinas and Catherine of Siena (Recto); Saint Dominic with Saints and Worshipping Nuns (Verso), ca. 1490. Tempera on two panels, 17 1/8 x 12 3/4 in. (43.5 x 32.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Felix M. Warburg in memory of her husband, 41.894a-b (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.894_side1_SL1.jpg)
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