Two early Venetian panel paintings depicting Biblical Superheroes
Venetian school, early 16th century
Oil on panel, 49 x 56 cm.
These two panel paintings, portraying John the Baptist and Saint Jerome on one panel, and Saints Peter and Paul on the other panel, are likely fragments of what would have been a larger painting probably once featuring a Madonna and Child at center with the present accompanying saints and possibly the image of a donor.
The style of these panels are executed in close proximity to Girolamo da Santacroce, probably during the first decade or two of the 16th century. There is a touch of influence present from Girolamo’s teacher, Gentile Bellini.
The two panels are serene in their modest provincial quality with the serene saints boasting a calm confidence that soothes the viewer and yet produces a lovely tonal quality that reveals the early colorfulness for which Venetian paintings are today celebrated.