barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Bicci di Lorenzo (1373 – 1452)

Saint Romuald

Florence, second quarter of the 15th century

Tempera on wood

34.3 x 22.8 cm

 

This panel formed the main part of a standard which was carried on processional occasions. 

The open book is inscribed with the words that the spectators would have used: ‘My father Romuald, most excellent hermit, intercede with the Lord for me’.

Saint Romuald (about 950 – 1027) wears a Benedictine habit and holds a model of a church.  This refers to his role as the founder of various hermitages and communities which became a new monastic order, the Camaldolese.

 

Purchased 1950 (No.50.6)