Filippo di Memmo Filippuccio detto Lippo Memmi - inv. 3347

Titolo: 
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
Numero di Inventario: 
3347
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Religious
Parole chiave soggetto: 
Saint Elisabeth of Hungary
Autore: 
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Lippo Memmi (active 1317- c.1350)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Colle Val d'Elsa
Siena
Toscana
Tuscany
Italy
Libri correlati: 
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1300
Datazione specifica: 
1330-1340
Materia e Tecnica: 
tempera on panel
Data di Ingresso: 
1970
Acquisizione: 
G. Devoto Falck
Tipo di acquisizione: 
donation
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
14th Century Room

The condition of the painting is good, despite evident cracking.
Elizabeth of Hungary was a princess born in 1207 who withdrew to a Franciscan convent when she was widowed at the age of twenty. Her face is framed by a veil with chin fastener. The folds of drapery falling and the gesture of the hand gathering the fold containing flowers are very elegant. Legend has it that the saint was surprised by her husband while she was taking bread hidden in the folds of her garment to the poor. When asked what she was hiding, she replied ‘roses for weaving a crown’, and the bread was miraculously transformed into red and white roses.


The passages of light marking the drapery and facial features are of great finesse: the shadow enveloping the right side of the figure precisely indicates where the light comes from. The painting was part of the upper order of a huge polyptych, made up of at least fourteen panels, today dispersed in various collections.

Datable to the 1330s, the painting was for the Franciscan church of Colle Val d’Elsa, in the Sienese hills. The artist, Lippo Memmi, was a brother-in-law of Simone Martini, with whom he collaborated on a number of occasions. His style and the arrangement of the polyptych reveal the influence of his more renowned relation.


F.A.

AC/DC: 
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