Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano (Italian, Marchigian, active first quarter of 15th century)
Tempera on wood, gold ground
Overall, with engaged frame, 34 5/8 x 26 1/4 in. (87.9 x 66.7 cm); painted surface 30 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (77.8 x 56.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.201)
This exquisite painting, notable for the refinement of its tooled and freehand work on gold ground, is close in style to the artist's masterpiece, an altarpiece dated 1422. Pietro di Domenico was active in the Marches during the first quarter of the fifteenth century, but his reputation may have extended elsewhere, as this painting was recorded in the nineteenth century in the monastery of Camaldoli near Naples. Exceptionally, the picture survives intact with its original engaged frame decorated with a continuous flower pattern and the artist's signature.