San Marco Altarpiece (1438-40)
by Fra ANGELICO

The San Marco Altarpiece was removed and dismembered in the seventeenth century during the renovation of the church belonging to the Convent of San Marco and dedicated to the two medical saints, Cosmas and Damian. In addition to the main painting representing the Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints, there were 9 predella pictures, seven in the front and two on the lateral sides. Only two of the predella paintings remained in the Convent, all the others are now in different museums (in Washington, Munich, Dublin and Paris).

Based on the results of thorough research, scholars agreed in the reconstruction of the altarpiece. The predella pictures depict the story of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian on eight small panels, while the nineth, located in the centre, represents the Entombment (Pietà).



Preview Picture Data Info
San Marco Altarpiece
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 220 x 227 cm
Museo di San Marco, Florence


San Marco Altarpiece (detail)
1438-40
Tempera on wood
Museo di San Marco, Florence


The Healing of Palladia by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian
1438-40
Tempera and gold on panel, 36 x 46 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington


Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian before Lisius
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 38 x 45 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Salvaged
1438-40
Tempera and gold on panel, 38 x 45 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Condamned
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 37 x 46 cm
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin


Entombment
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 38 x 46 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Crucifixed and Stoned
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 38 x 46 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


Beheading of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 36 x 46 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Sepulchring of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 37 x 45 cm
Museo di San Marco, Florence


The Healing of Justinian by Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 37 x 45 cm
Museo di San Marco, Florence


St Jerome
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 39 x 14 cm
Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg


St Roche
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 39 x 14 cm
Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg


St Bernard
1438-40
Tempera on wood, 37 x 15 cm
Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg


St Romuald
c. 1440
Tempera on wood
Private collection


St Peter Martyr
1340-45
Tempera on wood
Royal Collection, Hampton Court


St Thomas Aquinas
1340-45
Tempera on wood
Collezione Vittorio Cini, Venice



Summary of paintings by Fra Angelico
Altarpieces
San Domenico | Prado | Linaioli | Last Judgment | Annunciation
Cortona Triptych | Perugia | San Marco | Trinità | Various
Frescoes
Convent of San Marco: cells, others | Cappella Niccolina
Other works
Armadio degli Argenti | Various panels | Miscellaneous



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