European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Predella panel showing Saints Margaret and Bartholomew
Predella panel from the Saint Ursula altarpiece from San Pablo, Palencia; companion to John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 260) and panels in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, England (LL3426 c. 1450 Jaume Mateu, Spanish, documented 1403 - 1452 Tempera and tooled gold on panel Cat. 261
Jaume Mateu, Spanish, documented 1403 - 1452
Tempera and tooled gold on panel
Cat. 261John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
This panel came from a large altarpiece, called a retablo in Spanish, in the church of San Pablo in Palencia. It was originally part of the predella, or lower panel, of the retablo.
These two saints are part of a set of four saints who are early Christian martyrs, but they are presented in the guise of contemporary aristocrats. Only their attributes— the dragon for Margaret, and the knife for Bartholomew—identify them as these early martyrs.
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