The J. Paul Getty Museum

Saint Ossanus

Object Details

Title:

Saint Ossanus

Artist/Maker:

Guglielmo Giraldi (Italian, active 1445 - 1489)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 1469

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 13 (83.ML.109), fol. 197v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 10.8 × 7.9 cm (4 1/4 × 3 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

Represented as a young nobleman, Saint Ossanus inspired a local cult following around the town of Ozzano, east of Bologna. Although he holds a martyr's palm, he was never officially recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.