Garofalo (Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo), Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Reviving a Child

Circa 1530
Oil on canvas transferred from wood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, acquisition #17.190.23.24 (gift of J. P. Morgan)

Peter of Monte Rubiano devotes chapter 7 of his Life of this saint to his miracles, including several in which he brought persons back to life (Acta Sanctorum, September vol. 3, 659-61). This painting probably illustrates paragraph 70 of that chapter, in which a boy was born near death and the midwives were unable to fetch water in time to baptize him before he died. The parents were aghast, fearing that without baptism the boy was damned. But they called on Nicholas and he brought the child back to life.

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.