Title: Saint Mark
Artist: Bicci Di Lorenzo
Medium: Tempera on wood
Size: 80 x 80cm
Location: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo,
Mark the Evangelist is the traditional name of the author of the Gospel of Mark. Tradition identifies him with the John Mark mentioned as a companion of
This painting was one of six wood quatrefoils representing the saints originally included on the wood baldachin which surmounted the altarpiece of the Holy Mary of the Graces. Though not attracted per se to the artistic ideals and innovations of the Renaissance, di Lorenzo still placed an importance on the realism of his figures, as this painting readily displays. Depicted on a typically grand golden background, Mark himself looks saintly, but also rather lifelike, rather human.
Bicci di Lorenzo (1373-1452) was an Italian painter and sculptor, active in