Baptism of Christ and the Decapitation of Saint James Major
Predella panel from the altarpiece from the Ardinghelli Chapel in Santa Trinita, Florence; companion panels are in the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence (no. 3333, no. 6089); the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (37.632); the Carandini Collection, Rome; and a private collection in Florence
Giovanni Toscani (Giovanni di Francesco Toscani), Italian (active Florence), c. 1370-80 - 1430
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Toscani combined two stories in this panel. Instead of using a frame to divide them, he set them in a unified landscape on opposite sides of a mountain range. This was part of a predella, or base, of an altarpiece made for the Ardinghelli family chapel in the church of Santa Trinita in Florence.
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