An early oil in Malta Italian school 18th C. Saint Augustine of Hippo

Malta - Collection Only

4,500.00

In Malta. An Italian school , in the manner of Carravagio ; formulaic 18th century portrait / depiction of theologian and Bishop of North Africa; Saint Augustine of Hippo [ 354-430] shown in this painting as ; ‘ dispensing the rule of his order’ . In repentance after his confessed dissipation in Carthage , he looks for guidance and authority from the heavens. Great detail including the bright inset on the cape’s [ indeed a ‘cope’ ] shoulderpiece . Many colours, and painted features bearing symbolism. A well composed full foreground. A wrought iron hanging loop. A gilded wood and gesso frame with sgraffito edged panels containing punchwork. See for comparison https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/…/portrait-of…/148276242

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