Miracle of Mount Gargano

Room 25
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Nicolás Francés

Active in León, before 1434 – d. 1468

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Attributed to Nicolás Francés, the foreign author of the famous Gothic high retable at Leon Cathedral and one of the leading painters from the second third of the XVth century in Castile, the panel originally belonged to the Retable of St Michael at Villalpando. It depicts the famous miracle performed by the Archangel, in which the cowherd Gargano receives the impact of the arrow he had shot at a bull which had strayed from his herd. From this now disassembled retable other panels have come down to us, of which one is preserved at the Museu de Montserrat and another at the Cincinnati Museum of Art (Ohio).


Circa 1440-1450

142.5 x 93.5 cm

Long-term loan from the Generalitat de Catalunya. National Art Collection. Given by Don Antonio Gallardo Ballart, 2015

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Egg tempera and gilding on wood
Subject: Religion
Century: 15th
The panel is one of the four known panels dedicated to Saint Michael from the former altarpiece of Villalpando. One of them it's only known because it was photographed, and the other two are kept in the Museu de Montserrat and the Cincinnati Museum of Art (Ohio). From the church of San Miguel de Villalpando (Zamora)
Nicolás Francés - Miracle del mont Gargano - Cap a 1440-1450
Miracle del mont Gargano