Sacred and profane are mingled in the stories depicting the Saints' lives.
Emblematic is the case of St. Nicholas, protector of children, known in the Nordic countries with the name of Santa Claus, who entered the popular tradition in the guise of Father Christmas.
Among the artworks on wood from the 14th century, on view in the first rooms of the Uffizi, are the four panels realized by Ambrogio Lorenzetti for the Church of San Procolo, which depict some episodes from the life of St. Nicholas.
Drawing inspiration from the Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine, Ambrogio Lorenzetti represents the Saint in the act of resurrecting a child.
The miracle of the grain ships: St Nicholas resuscitates a young boy
Ambrogio Lorenzetti (Siena, known of between 1319-1348)
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