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School of Ulm, circa 1510

Saints Severus and Simon with a kneeling clerical donor - a panel from an altarpiece

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School of Ulm, circa 1510
Saints Severus and Simon with a kneeling clerical donor - a panel from an altarpiece
inscribed '[S]ANCT VS · SENERVS' and 'SANCTVS · SIMON ·' (on the halos) and 'Populu[m] Cu[n]ctu[m]·tu · pr[o]tege · salva·libera · Et · emu[n]da' (on the scroll)
on gold ground panel
35¾ x 18½ in. (90.7 x 47 cm.)
Provenance
Acquired by the father of the present owner more than seventy years ago.
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Lot Essay

Two wings by the same hand, traditionally given to Bartholomaeus Zeitblom, are in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Biberach Museum, near Ulm. The panel depicts Bishop Severus of Ravenna, with his attribute of a white dove, and the Apostle Simon Zelotes with his wooden club. As Ludwig Meyer notes (private correspondence, March 2005), it is likely that the complete altarpiece would only have had two wings enclosing a shrine with sculpture, and that the other wing would have possibly portrayed another holy bishop and the Apostle Judas Thaddeus, who was the brother of Simon Zelotes.

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