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Inscription: Inscribed (on Madonna's halo): AVE GRATIA PLENA
J. Early-Smith, London (until 1928; sale, Christie's, London, 1928, as attributed to Sano di Pietro or as Barna da Siena); [Mortimer Brandt, New York, in 1941]; private collection, Honolulu (until d. 1984)
Old Master Paintings. [New York], , unpaginated, unnumbered cat., ill., as by Sano di Pietro.
This portable altarpiece is a late work and may be dated to the 1470s based on comparison with Sano's altarpiece of 1478 in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena. The main panel and the predella are separated and the frames are new; presumably they were originally attached and formed a single complex. The saints on the predella surrounding the figure of the dead Christ can be identified as, from left to right: Mary Magdalen, Francis, Jerome, and Margaret.
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