Lippo di Benivieni

St. John the Evangelist

c. 1296-1327

This is a fragment from a polyptych, a type of altarpiece comprising many panels joined together. The asymmetrical frame is unusual, and links this work to an altarpiece formed of five panels, now divided among different collections. This altarpiece showed the Virgin and Child at centre, flanked by panels at left showing saints Peter and Paul, and to the immediate right by John the Baptist. This panel, depicting John the Evangelist was originally placed at far right. Across the distance between them, the Evangelist and the Christ Child once gazed intently at each other.

Titre
St. John the Evangelist
Date
c. 1296-1327
Technique
Peinture
Matériaux
egg tempera and gold leaf on wood, likely poplar
Dimensions
77.5 x 31.7 cm
Nationalité
Italian
Mention de source
Purchased 1923
Numéro d'acquisition
2995

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