MASTER of the Life of Saint John the Baptist
(active 1325-1350 in Rimini)
Madonna and Child with Angels1330s
Tempera on panel, 101 x 48 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
This painting was part of a large altarpiece that was dismembered and dispersed at an unspecified date. At the centre was the present Madonna with Child, flanked by scenes from the life of St John the Baptist. Other than the Vatican panel, the scenes were The Announcement to Zachary (formerly Street Collection, Bath), The Birth of John the Baptist and The Baptism of Christ (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Saint John Questioned by the Pharisees (Seattle Museum of Art), Saint John in Prison (formerly Street Collection, London), The Beheading of John the Baptist (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), and St John in Limbo (formerly Loeser Collection, Florence).