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Cardinal Bessarion and Two Members of the Scuola della CaritÓ in prayer with the Bessarion Reliquary

Cardinal Bessarion and Two Members of the Scuola della CaritÓ in prayer with the Bessarion Reliquary






Date : approx. between 1472 and 1473

Sizes : 37 cm x 102 cm
Material : Tempera on canvas, Gold, Silver
Acquisition : Purchase (2002)
National Gallery - London
Venice and the Veneto
Sainsbury Wing
First Floor - Section 62
Item 1 on 17
Italian Painting
Painting

Area related
Venise (Italy)

Description   

The Greek Cardinal Bessarion kneels before his reliquary containing fragments of the True Cross. Behind are two members of the Scuola della CaritÓ, the Venetian brotherhood who received this gift from Bessarion in 1472. This painting was the door of the tabernacle or cupboard designed to store the reliquary. Keyholes (now filled in) can be seen on the right.
Cardinal Bessarion and Two Members of the Scuola della CaritÓ in prayer with the Bessarion Reliquary
Gentile Bellini