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Prophet Daniel

Pinnacle from the high altarpiece from Santa Croce, Florence; companion panels are in the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin-Preussischer Kulturbesitz (cat. no. 1635 A-E); the National Gallery, London (1188, 1189, 3376-3378, 3473, 4191); the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (49.17.40); and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1975.1.7)

Ugolino di Nerio, Italian (active Siena and Florence), documented 1317 - 1327

Made in Florence, Italy, Europe

c. 1325

Tempera and tooled gold on panel

21 1/4 x 12 3/16 inches (54 x 31 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 310, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 89

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Pinnacles, or upper sections of large altarpieces, often show Old Testament prophets, whom later Christian writers interpreted as foretelling Christ's coming. This was part of the pinnacle of the high altarpiece of the church of Santa Croce in Florence. The Latin inscription on the scroll is derived from Daniel 2:45 and translates, "stone was cut out of the mountain without hands."

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