Description The inscription on the ledge identifies the subject as St. Bruno of Cologne (ca. 1035-1101), the founder of the Carthusian monastic order. He was canonized, or sainted, by Pope Leo X in 1514. Although the artist did not know what St. Bruno actually looked like, he created an individualized portrait with hollow cheeks and large eyes. These features, along with the landscape, make the saint seem quite real to the viewer.
|12/31/1969||Examination||examined for condition|
|12/31/1969||Treatment||coated; inpainted; surface cleaned|
|11/12/1960||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated; repaired|
|8/01/1985||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; coated|
|8/26/1985||Examination||examined for condition|
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 122; 1897 catalogue: no. 278, as St. Bruno by Garofalo]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On the parapet in the lower foreground: SANCTVS BRVNO
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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