Marco Zoppo (1433 - 1478):
A98; tempera and gilding on panel; 49.5 x 31 cm.
Presented by William Thomas Horner Fox-Strangways , later 4th Earl of Ilchester, 1850; WA1850.34.
After his training with Squarcione in Padua from 1453, Marco worked mainly for Venetian and Bolognese patrons. This shaped panel comes from the upper tier of a polyptych, probably that made in 1468 for the church of Santa Giustina, Venice. Three other panels have been identified, St Augustine, St Peter and St Jerome, all from the upper register and all lit from the right. St Paul is shown with a sword, the instrument of his martyrdom and a book, a reference to his Epistles.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
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