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Saint Quiricus slaps the Judge (centre panel)
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Saint Quiricus slaps the Judge (centre panel)

Circa 1430

Borghese di Piero (1397-1463)

Tempera and goldleaf on panel

Height: 37.7 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Depth: 4.8 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Width: 40.2 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Height: 25 cm ( panel ); Width: 28.3 cm ( panel );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Gambier-Parry, Mark; bequest; 1966

About this work
The story of the early Christian martyrs Julitta and her three-year-old son Quiricus is rarely depicted. In this panel, the young Quiricus scratches the face of the Roman governor and is thrown to the floor. The Courtauld Gallery owns two other small horizontal panels in this series, which once formed the base (predella) of a large altarpiece dedicated to Saint Quiricus. The first panel depicts the mother and her young child accused of embracing Christianity. The second panel represents Julitta’s martyrdom. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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