FILE : M.I.T. [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] 1
TITLE : St. Eligius reconciles the king of Britain and french Envoy

LOCATION: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Rotch Library

DIMENSIONS: 109 x 59, 5 cm

PROVENANCE: Originally the panel belonged to the St. Eligius window of the Milan Cathedral. Acquired by auction (1894) by Arthur Rotch . Gift by Mrs Horatio A. Lamb his sister

CRONOLOGY : before 1486

AUTHOR: Niccolò da Varallo (documented)

PATRONAGE: The Guild of Goldsmiths

SUBJECT/S : St. Eligius reconciles the king of Britain and French envoy. In the lower part the mutilated inscription “QAL B TS ELIG IT REGIE FRACIE … E BTANIE PACEM T C TAVIT”

CRITICAL NOTES: As the others episodes of the St. Eligius window, this scene reveals the narrative style peculiar to the Niccolò da Varallo. The artist offers a delicious portrait of the domestic life. About the style of Niccolò da Varallo see Milano Duomo 4.

CONDITION: In good condition; some heavy mending leads.


For the general bibliography on Niccolò da Varallo see also Bibl. Duomo n. 5 and Bibl. Duomo n. 6

PHOTOGRAPHIC REF: M.H. Caviness archives

COMPILER: Caterina Pirina April 2006