UNKNOWN MASTER, Italian
(active 1520s in Florence)
Virgin and Child with Four Saintsc. 1520
Panel, 191 x 180 cm
San Salvatore al Monte, Florence
This mysterious but powerful altarpiece was executed by a still anonymous follower of Piero di Cosimo. The strange types and especially the angular sense of rhythm and intensity are deeply indebted to Piero's altarpieces. The four represented saints are Francis, Jerome, John the Evangelist and the Baptist.