Kunsthistorisches Museum

Point of view #22: A Resurrection on the River Arno. Ciro Ferri’s Miracle of Saint Zenobius

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is showing The Miracle of Saint Zenobius, a little-known masterpiece by the versatile artist Ciro Ferri (Rome, 1633-1689). Ferri was the most important pupil and collaborator of Pietro da Cortona, one of the inventors of the Roman High Baroque. This versatile painter, sculptor and producer of architectural drawings worked mainly in Rome, Florence and Bergamo, where he greatly influenced young artists.

Recent research has revealed that Ferri’s monumental picture boasts a highly prestigious provenance: it was painted for Principe Leopoldo de’Medici, the family’s most important patron and collector in the seventeenth century, and presented in the Palazzo Pitti in 1665. Family connections between the Medici and the Habsburgs (i.e. dynastic marriages) brought the painting to Vienna in the seventeenth century.


Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Mon. 17 Dec 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 24 Dec 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 31 Dec 2018, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mon. 07 Jan 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.