Simone Martini ca. 1284 – 1344


tempera on panel (57 × 38 cm) — c. 1326 Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Simone Martini biography

This work is linked to Matthew 4:18

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This panel is one of five that together formed an altarpiece. A predella was added in the 15th century. The panels and the predella are now spread across the world in different museums.

From left to right the altarpiece showed St. Ansanus (patron saint of Siena), St. Peter, Madonna and Child, Saint Andrew, and Saint Luke.

In 1326 Simone Martini received a payment from the city of Siena for an altarpiece, probably this one. The background has a gold ground. The refined technique is characteristic for Martini.

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