Pennnacchi, Pier Maria (attrib.)
Shem the Patriarch
Late 15th / early 16th century
Ceiling, Santa Maria dei Miracoli
This is one of several dozen painted panels in the church's coffered ceiling. Shem (Sem in Latin) was one of the three sons of Noah and ancestor of the Hebrews.
According to the church's guide book, "The attribution of the painting cycle to Pier Maria Pennacchi (c. 1464-1515) seems to have been a generic label applied long after the diverse figures were painted."
Read more about Noah.
Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.