Saint AugustineOn Display

St. Augustine’s cope (mantle) was originally covered entirely in silver, which has flaked away over time. The red that we see today is bole, the clay-like pigment used as a base for silver and gold leaf. It is important to realize that with the silver leaf decoration this painting would have shimmered in the church candlelight with a radiance that is almost difficult to imagine today.

  • About 1470
  • 46 1/2 x 16 1/8 in. (118.1 x 41 cm)
  • 1961.92
  • Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation