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Part of The Robert Lehman Collection
Master of the Life of Saint John the Baptist (Italian, Rimini, active first third 14th century)
Date: ca. 1300–1330Accession Number: 1975.1.103
Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni) (Italian, Florence (?) ca. 1370–1425 Florence (?))
Date: ca. 1406–10Accession Number: 1975.1.66
Simone Martini (Italian, Siena, active by 1315–died 1344 Avignon)
Date: ca. 1326Accession Number: 1975.1.12
Bartolo di Fredi (Italian, active by 1353–died 1410 Siena)
Date: ca. 1390Accession Number: 1975.1.16
Niccolò di Buonaccorso (Italian, active Siena by 1372–died 1388 Siena)
Date: ca. 1380Accession Number: 1975.1.21
Ugolino da Siena (Ugolino di Nerio) (Italian, Siena, active by 1317–died ?1339/49)
Date: ca. 1325–30Accession Number: 1975.1.7
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The Lehman Collection's rich holdings of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian panel paintings are displayed in this gallery. The majority of these paintings originate from Florence and Siena, providing the opportunity to compare two distinct schools of painting in these thriving artistic and economic centers in Tuscany.
While Florentine art possesses a sculptural, monumental, and solemn quality (exemplified by Bernardo Daddi's Assumption of the Virgin), Sienese art has a more decorative, elegant, and lyrical character (seen in Bartolo di Fredi's Adoration of the Magi).
Several of the paintings displayed here were once part of large altarpieces with multiple panels and wings, known as polyptychs. Two panels in this gallery originate from the same altarpiece: the Virgin and Child and Saint Ansanus by Simone Martini, a preeminent Sienese artist. A third panel from this altarpiece is on view alongside other fourteenth-century Italian paintings in Gallery 602.
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