Saint Barnabas Curing a Cripple and a Possessed Woman
Predella panel from an altarpiece in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena (160); see Philadelphia Museum of Art 1945-25-120b,c,d for companion panels; a fifth predella panel is in the El Paso Museum of Art (K110)
Martino di Bartolomeo (Martino di Bartolomeo di Biagio), Italian (active Siena), 1365/70 - 1435
Made in Siena, Italy, Europe Date:
Tempera, silver, and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grainDimensions:
11 x 15 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches (27.9 x 40 x 3.2 cm)Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson CollectionObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
Purchased with Museum funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945
Saint Barnabas was an early disciple of Christ who appears in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles. The altarpiece from which this predella panel was taken may have come from the Tuscan town of Colle Val d’Elsa, which was conquered by Florentines from the Sienese people on June 11, the saint’s feast day
With Elia Volpi, Florence; his sale, American Art Association, New York, April 2, 1927, nos. 367-70 (as Spinello Aretino); purchased by George Grey Barnard (1863-1938), New York ; Barnard Estate; sold to PMA, 1945.
1. George Grey Barnard Papers (PMA Archives) and Martin Weinberger, The George Grey Barnard Collection, New York, 1941, no. 120, p. 30, illus. pl. XXXVII.