Cosmè Tura (Cosimo di Domenico di Bonaventura) (Italian, 1433-1495)
Saint Louis of Toulouse
Tempera on canvas, stretched over wood, transferred from wood, gold ground; Overall 28 1/2 x 15 5/8 in. (72.4 x 39.7 cm); original size 28 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (71.8 x 32.1 cm); Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
This damaged picture is from an altarpiece, the reconstruction of which has been much debated; a companion panel of Saint Nicholas of Bari is also known. The saint is shown from a low viewpoint, as though standing on the edge of the frame. The elaborate pose and expressive, corrugated drapery are hallmarks of Tura’s style. Tura worked for the Este court in Ferrara and was a painter of enormous originality.