(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)
Missal 558 (Folio 21)c. 1430
Tempera and gold on parchment
Museo di San Marco, Florence
The picture shows a detail of a page (folio 21) of Missal 558. It depicts the Conversion of St Paul.
A light from heaven appears to Paul and the voice of Christ asks why He is persecuted by him. Paul is shown here lying on the ground, in a rather unrealistically relaxed pose, with Damascus, his destination, in the background represented as a town wall of simple geometric forms rendered in ambiguous perspective. A cross-shaped halo identifies the foreshortened figure in the mandorla as Christ.