Shrine of St Zenobius

Shrine of St Zenobius

Purchased from Giuseppe Lelli in 1895 for £26 8s 4d

Original:

Shrine of St Zenobius
Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378/81-1455)
1432-43
Bronze
Beneath the altar in the Chapel of St Zenobius in the Cathedral, Florence, Italy

St Zenobius, bishop of Florence during the fifth century, is one of the principal Florentine patron saints. This shrine was made to hold the relics of the saint, as described in the inscription on the shrine: CAPVT BEATI ZENOBII FLORENTINI EPISCOPI IN CVIVS HONOREM HEC ARCA INSIGNI ORNATV FAVRICATA FVIT. On the front: St Zenobius restores a child of the Strozzi family to life. On the sides: St Zenobius rescues a child from under the wheels of a cart. St Zenobius restores to life the messenger of St Ambrose.