Miguel Alcañiz (or Alcanyis) (Spanish, Valencian, active by 1408, died after 1447)
Tempera on wood, gold ground
Overall 59 5/8 x 39 1/2 in. (151.4 x 100.3 cm); upper left panel, painted surface 24 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (61.3 x 42.9 cm); lower left panel, painted surface 24 5/8 x 16 7/8 in. (62.5 x 42.9 cm); right panel, painted surface 46 1/8 x 16 7/8 in. (117.2 x 42.9 cm)
Gift of J. Bruyn Andrews, 1876 (76.10)
This is the left-hand portion of an important altarpiece, or retablo, probably painted in the 1420s for a side chapel in the Church of San Juan del Hospital in Valencia. Other panels are in the Hispanic Society, New York, and one of these bears the arms of the Gil family: given the presence in the altarpiece of saints Giles and Vincent, the patron was certainly Vincent Gil. Some of the panels have occasionally been ascribed to the Florentine painter Starnina, who returned to Florence from Valencia prior to 1404 and whose work inaugurated what has become known as the International Gothic style. Alcañiz was a leading exponent of this style in Spain.