The Crucifixion with Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi, ca. 1320
Master of Monte Oliveto (Italian, Sienese, active ca. 1305–35) and Italian (Sienese) Painter, active first quarter 14th century
Tempera on wood, gold ground; central panel, overall, with engaged frame 25 1/4 x 18 5/8 in. (64.1 x 47.3 cm), painted surface 22 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (56.5 x 40 cm); left wing, overall, with engaged frame 25 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (64.1 x23.5 cm), painted surface 23 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. (59.4 x 19.1 cm); right wing, overall, with engaged frame 25 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. (63.8 x 23.8 cm), painted surface 23 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (59.7 x 19.1 cm)
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941 (41.190.31a–c)
The center panel, a work of great distinction, is possibly by Ugolino di Nerio (active 1317–27), the most faithful of Duccio's pupils. It was painted for a Franciscan friar or nun, and is notable for its subtle color and mood of lyrical pathos. The side panels are among the earliest and finest works by the anonymous Master of Monte Oliveto and probably belong to another complex. The narrative scenes are all based on Duccio's Maestà altarpiece for Siena Cathedral (1308–11).