LORENZETTI, Ambrogio
(b. ca. 1290, Siena, d. 1348, Siena)

The Presentation in the Temple

1342
Panel, 257 x 168 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The space in this painting is revolutionary. It is penetrated in a manner unprecedented since Roman antiquity. The complex Gothic frame establishes the impression of a lofty gateway through which we gaze into an interior where the light is dimmed by a stained-glass window. Slender column uphold the ribbed vaults of the nave, which are decorated with gold stars on a blue background.

The signed and dated panel was brought, in 1822, from the Spedaletto di Monna Agnese at Siena to the Gallery of the Academy in Florence and from there to the Uffizi in 1913. The documented pair of saints that flanked this altarpiece is lost.