(b. ca. 1308, Firenze, d. ca. 1368, Firenze)
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Two Angels and Saints1365-70
Tempera on wood
Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence
This pentatych was commissioned by the del Palagio family for the altar of the chapel of San Niccolò in Santissima Annunziata, Florence. Here Orcagna returns to the closed and severe forms of rigorous design typical of Giotto. The forms detach decisively from the gold background, increased by the robustness of the colour.