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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

Made in Italy, Europe


Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain

16 1/8 x 26 3/8 inches (41 x 67 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 312, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 11

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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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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