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Barnaba Agocchiari, called da Modena (Modena, about 1328 - about 1386)
Tempera on panel, 257 x 217 cm
Room 2 (without inv. no.)
Abbey of San Bartolomeo del Fossato, Genoa
The polyptych of San Bartolomeo is one of the most important works among those painted by Barnaba da Modena during his long stay in Genoa (around 1360-1383). In the central compartment is shown Saint Bartholomeo, the Apostle of the Indies (in reality his preaching took place in Armenia, Ethiopia or southern Arabia) and recognizable by the knife, symbol of one of his tortures. On the sides there are eight stories taken from the Life of the Saint, within the Golden Legend of Iacopo da Varagine. The work comes from the Abbey of San Bartolomeo del Fossato, between Genoa and Sampierdarena.