Incontro dei pellegrini con papa Ciriaco

The Pilgrims (Saint Ursula and Her Betrothed) Meet with Pope Cyriacus

Vittore Carpaccio
Ciclo di Sant'Orsola

Author
Vittore Carpaccio
Venezia 1460 c. - prima del giugno 1526
Title
The Pilgrims (Saint Ursula and Her Betrothed) Meet with Pope Cyriacus
Catalogue
577
Support
Canvas, 279 x 305 cm
Provenance
Acquired following the Napoleonic Suppression, 1812
Hall
Hall XXI

Beneath the walls of Castel Sant’Angelo – which Carpaccio was familiar with through engravings – the pilgrims are received by the pope (called “Cyriacus” by the sources), who blesses Ursula and Ereo before the cardinals and bishops. The markedly perspectival vision is emphasised by the two processions converging on the centre from the background.