Ettore Locatello
St. Nicholas

1605
Mosaic
Basilica of St. Mark, Venice

After a cartoon by Tintoretto. As usual, the saint is bare-headed, carries a crozier, and wears an alb and chasuble. It is less usual for a mitre to feature in the composition. According to a legend, Nicholas lost the right to wear the mitre and pallium when he slapped an Arian at the Council of Nicea.

The artist has signed the work at the bottom with his name in Latin: ettor lochatellus fecit means "Ettore Locatello made this."

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Photographed at St. Mark's by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.