Francesco Botticini (Francesco di Giovanni) (Italian, Florentine, ca. 14461497)
Tempera on wood; Arched top, 110 1/2 x 69 in. (280.7 x 175.3 cm)
Gift of George R. Hann, in memory of his mother, Annie Sykes Hann, 1961 (61.235)
Botticini practiced an eclectic style, influenced successively by Verrocchio and Botticelli. In the present painting, the two angels drawing back the curtains derive from those in the altarpiece painted by Botticelli in 1483 for San Barnaba in Florence and now in the Uffizi. Painted for the Church of the Servi at Fucecchio (near Empoli), this altarpiece was later in the Collegiata. The frame, though old, is not original.