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Fresco - Apostles and saints

Apostles and saints

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Milan (city) (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca 1520-1550 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Luini, Bernardino (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fresco transferred to canvas

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fresco fragment depicting Apostles and Saints once formed the lower right part of a lunette depicting the Ascension of Christ. It was originally in the Oratory of Santa Maria della Passione, next to San Ambrogio, Milan. Painted in the style of the Milanese painter and draughtsman Bernardino Luini (born ca 1480–85; died before 1 July 1532) it probably dates to the second quarter of the sixteenth century.

The Oratory of Santa Maria della Passione was sold to the Administration of San Ambrogio in 1812 and turned into a cloth factory. In 1869 it passed into private ownership and it was at this time that the main scenes of the wall decoration were detached. Part of the series re-appeared in England in 1898 when a group of nine fragments were sold through Fosters' sales rooms. Three of these were purchased by the South Kensington Museum, now the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Milan (city) (probably, painted)


ca 1520-1550 (painted)


Luini, Bernardino (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Fresco transferred to canvas


Height: 90.8 cm estimate, Width: 262.3 cm estimate, :

Object history note

Purchased by V&A, along with two related fragments (359 and 360-1898), from Fosters' sale rooms in 1898

Descriptive line

Fresco fragment transferred to canvas; originally forming the lower right part of a lunette depicting the Ascension and located in the Oratory of Santa Maria della Passione, Milan; after Bernardino Luini; ca 1520 - 1550

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, pp. 176-7, cat. no. 218.


Tempera; Plaster; Canvas



Subjects depicted

Apostles; Saints


Paintings; Christianity; Religion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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