Inventory number
P02841
Author
Master of the Madonna della Misericordia
Title
Saint Eloy in his Goldsmith's workshop
Chronology
Ca. 1370
Technique
Tempera, gold-leaf
Support
Panel
Dimensions
35 cm x 39 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Donación Francisco de Asís Cambó Batlle, 1941; Colección Francisco de Asís Cambó, Barcelona, 1929-1941; Col. Joseph Spiridon, Paris,¿1988?-1929; Col. Toscanelli, Pontedera, 1883.

This is a set of two scenes (P02842, P02841) referring to one of the first known stories of Saint Eloy, a French saint from the late sixth and early seventh century and a great goldsmith who served kings Clotaire II and Dagobert and became Bishop of Rouen.

In the second panel, Saint Eloy in his Goldsmith's workshop (P02841), the saint chisels the piece along with other officials and apprentices from his workshop.

With the gold and precious stones he received for making this piece, Eloy managed to make two chairs. That was the beginning of his legend of saintliness —an example of honesty, as he didn't keep the leftover material for himself.

 
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