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Saint Luke

Saint Luke

late 15th century

Saint Luke sits at a desk writing his Gospel, while his symbol, the bull, waits like a faithful dog. The saint's garments were created using a time-consuming and expensive method that required great skill, in which the brocade pattern was molded in wax, applied to the figure and gilded.
Wood with polychromy and wax brocade
28 x 20 x 9 1/2 in. (71.1 x 50.8 x 24.1 cm)
Gift of friends in memory of Arrigo M. Young
Provenance: [Blumka Gallery, New York, by 1954]; purchased by Seattle Art Museum (Arrigo M. Young memorial funds), December 31, 1954
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Published ReferencesThe Art Quarterly, Summer 1955, p. 196, illus. p. 197

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