Attributed to B A Gennari Saints Cosmas and Damian 122 x 97cm. (48 x 38¼ in.)
Lot 18
Follower of Massimo Stanzione, 17th Century Saints Cosmas and Damian 97 x 122cm. (38¼ x 48in.)
Sold for £13,200 (US$ 22,186) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Follower of Massimo Stanzione, 17th Century
Saints Cosmas and Damian
oil on canvas
97 x 122cm. (38¼ x 48in.)


  • Saints Cosmas and Damian were early Christian physicians and martyrs. The twins, born in Arabia practised the art of healing, accepting no pay for their services and through their acts they brought many to the Catholic faith. When the Diocletian persecution began, the Prefect Lysias had them arrested and ordered them to recant. They remained constant under torture, and were to suffer no injury from water, fire or the cross, and were finally beheaded by sword. Justinian, who was cured of a great illness by Cosmas and Damian, rebuilt and decorated their church in Constantinople in gratitude for their aid, and it became a celebrated place of pilgrimage. In Rome Pope Felix IV errected a church in their honour, the mosiacs of which are of great importance. Today Cosmas and Damian are regarded as the patron saints of physicians and surgeons.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the attribution for this lot should read 'After Batistello Caracciolo, 17th Century'. It is after Caracciolo's original composition now in the Museum Dahlem, Berlin. The painting also bears the monogram 'CAB', (lower left).