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Image of Saints James, Anthony Abbot, Francis, and Ansanus

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Saints James, Anthony Abbot, Francis, and Ansanus

Master of Panzano, Italian, b. 2nd half 14th century
previously attributed to Paolo di Giovanni Fei, Italian (Sienese), (1372–1410)
Niccolò di Buonaccorso, Italian (Sienese), (1348–1388)

Creation date: ca. 1385-1390
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Tempera Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1946.19
State/Province: Siena
Dimensions: 14 3/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. (37.47 cm x 32.39 cm x 3.81 cm)

Provenance

Henry Pelham Archibald Douglas (Pelham-Clinton), England ( - )

Jacob M. Heimann, New York, New York ( - 1946)

Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego, California ( - April 1946)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 1946 - )

Label Copy

These panels were once the wings of a small portable triptych. They probably flanked an image of the Madonna and Child and were perhaps topped by triangular pediments depicting the Annunciation. These are the inner faces of the wings, the parts shown when the triptych was open. Saints Anthony Abbot and Francis were perennially among the most popular subjects of devotion in Tuscany, and Saint Ansanus is one of the patron saints of Siena, where this panel was painted. Saint James and Saint Christopher (who is shown on the back of these panels) are the patron saints of travelers and are thus often found on portable devotional works. The reverse faces of the panels are the outer faces of the triptych wings and would have been seen when the altarpiece was closed; their monochromatic grisaille technique was probably meant to emulate relief sculpture. They are by the Sienese artist, Niccolò di Buonaccorso, who often collaborated with the Master of Panzano.
Last Updated: 9/12/2012

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art and Devotion in Siena After 1350: Luca di Tommè and Niccolò di Buonaccorso Timken Museum of Art , 12/12/1997 - 4/12/1998

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Pia Palladino. Art and Devotion in Siena After 1350: Timken Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1997
Page Number: 69, 70, 71, 72, 78, notes 143 and 144, 79, Figure Number: 14a, 14b

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 134

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 132, Figure Number: 132

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 25, Figure Number: 25

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 363, 369, 370, 371, 388, 395, 404

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 632

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 56, 57, Figure Number: 57

Lori J. Walters. The Court of Cultural Diversity: D. S. Brewer. Cambridge, England, 1997
Page Number: 263, 265, Figure Number: 7

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance—Central Italian and North Italian Schools Phaidon Publishers Inc.. New York, New York, 1968
Page Number: 129

Laurence Kanter. Reconstructing the Renaissance: Saint James Freeing Hermogenes by Fra Angelico Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, Texas, 2008
Page Number: 24, Figure Number: 23, 76

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