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Saint Livinus and Saint Margaret of Antioch, ca. 1440 - ca. 1460

  • oil paint, panel
  • 10.5 x 10.5 cm
  • Inv. 1958-N-2

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We recognise the saints portrayed here from their attributes. In the panel on the left we see Arnold of Soissons, the patron saint of beer brewers (inv. 1958-N-1). In his right hand he holds the stick with which the beer is stirred. He is portrayed in military dress and wears a bishop’s mitre. Standing next to him is St Godelieve, the patron of Gistel, with the cloth used to strangle her still around her neck. Her husband ordered her death because she took food to the poor. On the right panel we see St Livinus, preacher and patron saint of Ghent (inv. 1958-N-2). Next to him is St. Margaret of Antioch. She too was tortured for her faith. In prison she fought with the devil who appeared in the shape of a dragon. The two oak panels probably came from a domestic altar. The style and size form a link with fifteenth-century Flemish miniature painting.


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Title Saint Livinus and Saint Margaret of Antioch
Date ca. 1440 - ca. 1460
Period 15th century
Location Ghent TGN
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1958-N-2
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
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Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11H(LIVINUS) the martyr bishop Livinus (Lebuin) of Ghent; possible attributes: tongue in pincers Iconclass
11HH female saints Iconclass
11HH(MARGARET) the virgin martyr Margaret of Antioch; possible attributes: cross, crown, dragon (under feet or on chain), (chaplet of) pearls Iconclass
11P3113 archbishop, bishop, etc. (Roman Catholic) Iconclass
11P31131 insignia of bishop, e.g. mitre, crozier Iconclass
11Q511 the Bible as a book Iconclass
11Q651 crucifix ~ personal devotion Iconclass
22C311 nimbus, halo ~ radiance emanating from persons or things Iconclass
25FF411 dragon Iconclass
41A43(TILED FLOOR) floor-covering (TILED FLOOR) Iconclass
47D8(PINCERS) tools, aids, implements ~ crafts and industries (PINCERS) Iconclass
School / Style Early Netherlandish
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 170-171 (ill.))
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