Pere Nunyes: Saint Eligius consecrated as a bishop (1526-1529)

(Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)

Pere Nunyes was a Portugese painter from the 16th century. This work forms part of an altarpiece for the silversmiths' guild in the church of La Mercè in Barcelona which shows 6 episodes from the life of Saint Eligius. The main person on this piece is Saint Eligius (A.D. 588-660). Eligius was financier and minister of the Merovingian king Dagobert I and was appointed bishop of Noyon-Tournai (shown here). Eligius main work is the conversion of the population of Flanders to Christianity and he is the patron saint of goldsmith, metalworkers, coin collectors, horses and saddlers. 

Another part of this altarpiece is here: Weighing the Saddles before Clothar III

Painting from around 1526-1529.

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