Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

The Search for the Heliotrope

Photo credit: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

This genre painting depicts a scene from Boccaccio's 'Decameron'. The scene is taken from the third tale of the eighth day and depicts three men – Calandrino, Bruno and Buffalmacco – who are on a quest beside the river Mugnone to find a heliotrope (bloodstone) which Calandrino believes will bestow the power of invisibility. Having found what he believes to be a heliotrope (actually a rock) Calandrino believes himself to be invisible and is heading home with a sack filled with more rocks while his companions play along by pretending not to see him, all the while 'accidentally' kicking stones in Calandrino's direction.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 114 x W 142 cm

Accession number

WAGMG : 1890.24

Acquisition method

gift, 1890

Work type



You can help us tag artworks on Tagger. The tags above come from the public, and also from an image recognition project run by the Visual Geometry Group, University of Oxford.

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

Museum Street, Cultural Quarter, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1JB England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue