St. Bonaventure

Venetian Workshop, 17th century
Embroidered fabric
Museum of the Franciscan Monastery, Zadar, Croatia

This image appears to have borrowed from Zurbarán's St. Bonaventure Visited by Thomas Aquinas (1629). In both works the armchairs are similar, numerous books are stored in a bookcase, the saint is writing at a desk with a tablecloth, and light enters through the window to symbolize divine inspiration. But this work is a portrait, so we see the cape and hat that reference Bonaventure's status as cardinal-bishop of Albano, and the visit of Aquinas is not included.

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Photographed at the museum by Claire Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.