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Saints Giusto and Clemente Praying for Deliverance from the Vandals

Predella panel of an altarpiece from Santi Giusto e Clemente, Faltignano, now in the Museo Diocesano, Prato; companion to a panel in the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 24), and a panel in the National Gallery, London (3648)

Master of the Castello Nativity, Italian (active Florence), active mid- 15th century

Made in Prato, Italy, Europe

Before 1469

Tempera and gold on panel with horizontal grain

8 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches (21.6 x 47 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

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

Accession Number:
Cat. 25

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Giusto and Clemente were the patron saints of the Tuscan town of Volterra, which they were said to have saved, through miracles and prayer, from invading barbarians in about 455. The saints were also revered in other Tuscan towns. This panel comes from a parish church near Prato.

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