European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Pinnacle from the high altarpiece from Santa Croce, Florence; companion panels are in the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin-Preussischer Kulturbesitz (cat. no. 1635 A-E); the National Gallery, London (1188, 1189, 3376-3378, 3473, 4191); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (49.17.40); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1975.1.7)Made in Florence, Italy, Europe
Ugolino di Nerio, Italian (active Siena and Florence), documented 1317 - 1327
Tempera and tooled gold on panel
Cat. 89John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelPinnacles, or upper sections of large altarpieces, often show Old Testament prophets, whom later Christian writers interpreted as foretelling Christ's coming. This was part of the pinnacle of the high altarpiece of the church of Santa Croce in Florence. The Latin inscription on the scroll is derived from Daniel 2:45 and translates, "stone was cut out of the mountain without hands."
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