ANDREA DA FIRENZE
(active 1343-1377, Firenze)

The Virgin and Child with Ten Saints

1365-70
Egg tempera on wood, 28 x 106 cm
National Gallery, London

This panel was probably painted for the Santa Maria Novella in Florence. The ten saints depicted were the titulars of altars in the Santa Maria Novella in the fourteenth century. Although thee painting mirrors the chapels of the church, there is nothing in the iconography to suggest that it was commissioned by any of the families who had patronage of the chapels.

The represented saints are from left to right: Mark, Peter Martyr, Thomas Aquinas, Dominic, Luke. John the Evangelist, Gregory, Catherine of Alexandria, Mary Magdalene, Thomas à Becket.

No signed or documented panel paintings by Andrea survive. The attribution of the present panel is based on stylistic considerations.




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