RICCI, Sebastiano
(b. 1659, Belluno, d. 1734, Venezia)

St Francis of Paola Resuscitating a Dead Child

Oil on canvas, 400 x 167 cm
San Rocco, Venice

This altarpiece is Ricci's last public commission. It celebrates the miracle-working virtues of the Calabrian saint, suggesting that the miracle performed on the child will be repeated on the invalid prostrating himself in the foreground, suffering like any other believer praying for grace.