St. Dominic: Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli: St. Dominic

St. Dominic by the early Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli shows the Saint traveling on foot in an Italian landscape while raising his hand in praise to the heavens in which appear God enthroned and flanked by trumpeting angels.

The celestial figures are painted in gold and golden threads of sanctity are raining down on the saint, the founder of the austere Dominican order. His sole accompaniment for his journey is a book of scripture which he clasps to his left hip and his expression is one of awe at his vision.

St. Dominic is a late work of Botticelli’s, from 1505, and bears a certain influence of penance and self-denial which reminds us of his being formerly under the influence of the Florentine preacher and iconoclast Girolamo Savonarola.

Sandro Botticelli’s St. Dominic is in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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