Benozzo Gozzoli (1420-97), The Conversion of St. Paul

Tempera on wood
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 15.106.2, Rogers Fund

In the 15th century some images of St. Paul's conversion picture him as a pedestrian when thrown to the ground on the road to Damascus, while others adopt what would become the canonical version, in which he is thrown from a horse. Here Gozzoli seems to split the difference, giving horses to Paul's companions but not to him.

This is one of a set of four panels in the museum. The others are St. Zenobius Resuscitating a Dead Child, St. Peter and Simon Magus, and Totila Before St. Benedict.

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