MASTER of the Mascoli Altar
(active 1425-1450 in Venice)
Madonna, Child and Saintsc. 1430
Marble, height 130 cm
Mascoli Chapel, Basilica di San Marco, Venice
The Master derives his name from a marble altarpiece and antependium in the Mascoli Chapel, San Marco. The altar has also been given to Giovanni Bon, father of Bartolomeo. The Gothic triptych is the stone equivalent of a form popular in painting. Although each figure stands in a Renaissance niche within the ornate frame, they appear to interact, hesitantly suggesting the unified, rectangular "sacra conversazione" altarpiece developing in Florence. The represented saints are Mark and James.