Saint Barnabas Donating His Wealth to the Apostles John the Evangelist, James the Less, and Peter

Predella panel from an altarpiece in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena (160); see Philadelphia Museum of Art 1945-25-120a,b,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

c. 1410

Tempera, silver, and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain

10 5/8 x 15 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches (27 x 40.3 x 3.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 210, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

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Purchased with Museum Funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945

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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.

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