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Oil Painting - The Descent of the Holy Ghost

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1959P31
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1495 - 1505

Maker Information

Artist:Sandro Botticelli - View biography for Sandro Botticelli
Workshop of:Sandro Botticelli - View biography for Sandro Botticelli


The picture has suffered much damage, 20% of the original painting has been lost and 20% has been over-painted. In the nineteenth century, the right hand panel was replaced and the two figures of Barnabus and Bartholomew were repainted, and a dove was added (now removed) above the head of the Virgin Mary. The scene marks the birth of the Christian Church when the apostles began to spread the Gospel to other peoples.

Purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund, 1959.

Further Information

Production Period:14th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on panel.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:2070 mm
Width:2298 mm