(b. ca. 1308, Firenze, d. ca. 1368, Firenze)
The Strozzi Altarpiece (detail)1354-57
Tempera on wood
Cappella Strozzi, Santa Maria Novella, Florence
The work makes use of the Early Christian motif of the Traditio legis et clavium, whereby Christ entrusts St Paul with the doctrine of the Church and St Peter with its authority, although here St Thomas Aquinas takes the place of St Paul. By placing the Virgin and St John the Baptist behind Sts Thomas and Peter, the work relates to the Deësis iconography, which represents the mediation of grace at the Last Judgement.