Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Reviving a Child

Artist: Garofalo (Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo) (Italian, Ferrara 1481–1559 Ferrara)

Date: ca. 1530

Medium: Oil on canvas, transferred from wood

Dimensions: 13 x 25 3/4 in. (33 x 65.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.24


These two scenes from the life of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, a thirteenth-century Augustinian saint, were part of an altarpiece dedicated to him in the Muzzarelli chapel in the church of Sant’Andrea in Ferrara, the centerpiece of which was a sculpture. They show two of the saint’s many miracles, one in which he revived a child who had died before being baptized and another in which, despite being bedridden and unwell, he refused to eat cooked partridges that subsequently flew away. The scenes are noteworthy for their effects of light and the beauty of the simple spaces in which the saint carries out his miracles.