Saint Julian, 1340s
Taddeo Gaddi (Italian, Florentine, active by 1334, died 1366)
Tempera on wood, gold ground; Overall (with added strips) 21 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (54 x 36.2 cm), painted surface 20 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (52.7 x 35.2 cm)
Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996 (1997.117.1)
Saint Julian, a nobleman of the ninth century, is shown holding his attribute, the sword with which he accidentally slew his parents. This well-preserved picture, which dates from the 1340s, is a cut-down lateral panel from an altarpiece.
Taddeo Gaddi was a pupil of Giotto and one of his most inventive followers, working alongside the master for many years. The Museum also owns a large altarpiece by him that is approximately contemporary with this panel.