European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Saint Thomas Receiving the Virgin's Belt with Saints Michael Archangel, Augustine, Margaret of Antioch, and Catherine of Alexandria
Main panel of an altarpiece from San Michele, Prato, finished in 1467; the predella is in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona (64972)Made in Florence, Italy, Europe
Neri di Bicci, Italian (active Florence), 1419 - January 4, 1493
Tempera, tooled gold, and silver on panel with vertical grain
Cat. 27John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
The apostle Thomas, who is often called Doubting Thomas because he refused to believe in the Resurrection of Christ until he had touched Christ's wounds, also doubted the Virgin's Assumption. This panel shows the Virgin Mary lowering her belt to Thomas from Heaven to convince him that she has been lifted there after her death.
The panel comes from an altarpiece commissioned by the abbess of the convent of San Michele in Prato, near Florence. She chose this story because a relic thought to be the Virgin's belt was preserved in the principal church of Prato.Additional information:
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