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Saint Anthony Abbot, Saint Andrew, the Mourning Virgin, the Man of Sorrows, the Mourning Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Raphael Archangel, and Saint Lawrence

Predella from an altarpiece once in San Paolo, Collegarli (Pisa)

Taddeo di Bartolo, Italian (active Siena and environs, Perugia, Pisa, and Genoa), first documented 1383, died 1422

Geography:
Made in Italy, Europe

Date:
1389

Medium:
Tempera, tooled gold, and colored glass on panel with horizontal grain

Dimensions:
9 1/16 inches × 6 feet 10 5/8 inches (23 × 209.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

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

Accession Number:
Cat. 95

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
This panel was a predella, or base of an altarpiece. The figures are centered in medallions surrounded by relief decoration known in Italian as pastiglia. To create the designs, artists worked wet plaster (called gesso) into raised patterns and allowed it to harden, then applied gold leaf. Beads of colored glass were embedded in the gesso to enhance the surface's glittering effect.


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