• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5859

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 128

    Circle of Benedetto Luti (Florence 1666-1724 Rome)

    Saint Eligius, Bishop of Noyon giving a benediction

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    Circle of Benedetto Luti (Florence 1666-1724 Rome)
    Saint Eligius, Bishop of Noyon giving a benediction
    oil on canvas, shaped top, made up, unframed
    55½ x 40¾ in. (141 x 103.6 cm.)


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    Saint Eligius trained as a goldsmith and much of his cult is based around the legend in which he helped a blacksmith shoe a fractious horse. As a result, he is the patron saint of goldsmiths, metal-workers, blacksmiths, farriers, saddlers, leather-workers and horse-dealers.
    We are grateful to Paul Taylor of the Warburg Institute for identifying the saint in this painting.

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