Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist

Object Details

Title:

Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist

Artist/Maker(s):

Mariotto di Nardo (Italian (Florentine), active 1394 - 1424)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1408

Medium:

Tempera and gold leaf on panel

Dimensions:

Panel: 138.4 x 129.5 x 10.2 cm (54 1/2 x 51 x 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.

Provenance
1408 - 1844

Santo Stefano in Pane (Borgo di Rifredi, Italy), commissioned from the artist, 1408; sold to Rev. Walter Davenport-Bromley, 1844.

1844 - 1863

Rev. 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 -

Watson

by 1893 -

The Italian Church (Hatton Garden, London)

- 1969

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

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