Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist

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Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist


Mariotto di Nardo (Italian, active 1394 - 1424)






Tempera and gold leaf on panel


Panel: 138.4 × 129.5 × 10.2 cm (54 1/2 × 51 × 4 in.)

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Once part of an altarpiece, this side wing and its companion were commissioned in 1408 by the confraternity of the Virgin and Saint Stephen for the church of Santo Stefano in Pane outside Florence. The central panel featured a Coronation of the Virgin that is now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Facing outward, an unkempt Saint John the Baptist wears a tunic made from an animal skin. Next to him, Saint John the Evangelist turns slightly to watch the coronation unfolding in the central panel. He holds a book, an allusion to his writings. Both saints are further identified by the inscriptions written beneath them. In a roundel above, an angel joins its hands in prayer.

1408 - 1844

Santo Stefano in Pane (Borgo di Rifredi, Italy), commissioned from the artist, 1408; sold to Rev. Walter Davenport-Bromley, 1844.
Source: Waagen, Treasures of Art (London: John Murray, 1854), vol. 3, p. 372.

1844 - 1863

Walter Davenport-Bromley, 1787 - 1863 (London, England; Wooton Hall, Stafford, England; Baginton Hall, Warwick, England) [sold, Davenport-Bromley sale, Christie's, London, June 13, 1863, lot 156, to Watson.]

1863 -


by 1893 -

The Italian Church (Hatton Garden, London)

- 1969

Old Master Galleries (Chiasso, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1969.

Exhibition of Early Italian Art from 1300 to 1550 (1893 to 1894) (Cat. 45)
  • New Gallery (London), 1893 to 1894

Waagen, Gustav Friedrich. Treasures of Art in Great Britian: Being an Account of the Chief Collections of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Illuminated Mss., &c., &c. 3 vols. (London: John Murray, 1854) vol. 3, p. 372.

Christie, Manson & Woods, London. Catalogue of the Celebrated Collection of Pictures of the Rev. Walter Davenport Bromley. June 12, 1863 p. 24, lot 156.

Exhibition of Early Italian Art from 1300 to 1550, exh. cat. (London: the New Gallery, with Richard Clay and Sons, 1894) p. 9, no. 45.

Offner, Richard. "The Mostra del Tesoro di Firenze Sacra-II." The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 63, no. 367 (October 1933) p. 169n4.

Cohn, W. "Notizie storiche intorno ad alcune tavole fiorentine del '300 e '400." Rivista d'Arte 31, no. 6 (1956) p. 68.

Berenson, Bernard. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: A List of the Principal Artists and Their Works: Florentine School. 2 vols. (New York: Phaidon Press, 1963) vol. 1, p. 132.

Eisenberg, Marvin. "'The Coronation of the Virgin,' by Mariotto di Nardo." The Minneapolis Institute of Art Bulletin 55 (1966) pp. 10-12, 14, 22n8, fig. 2.

European Paintings from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971) p. 393.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972) pp. 7-8, no. 8.

Boskovits, Miklòs. Pittura fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento 1370-1400 (Florence: Edam, 1975) p. 396.

Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., London. Important Old Master Pictures. July 8, 1988 p. 95, under lot 67.

Lipshultz, Sandra LaWall. Selected Works: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis: The Institute, 1988) p. 59.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 81, ill.

Eisenberg, Marvin, et al. The "Confraternity Altarpiece" by Mariotto di Nardo: 'The Coronation of the Virgin' and 'The Life of St. Stephen,' exh. cat. (Tokyo: The National Museum of Western Art, 1998) pp. 19, 24, pls. 6, 11.

Eisenberg, Marvin. "The 'Confraternity Altarpiece' by Mariotto di Nardo." In Eisenberg, Marvin, et al. The "Confraternity Altarpiece" by Mariotto di Nardo: The Coronation of the Virgin [...]. (Tokyo: The National Museum of Western Art, 1988) pp. 30, 41, 61n48-49, fig. 1.

Florence and Venice: Italian Renaissance Paintings and Sculpture from the State Hermitage Museum, exh. cat. Michiaki Koshikawa, ed. (Tokyo: National Museum of Western Art, 1999) pp. 70, 275, under nos. 3-5, fig. 78.