(active 1350-69, Milano, Firenze)

Christ and the Virgin Enthroned with Six Saints

Egg tempera on wood, 46 x 34 cm
National Gallery, London

The saints in the lower part of the panel are (from left to right) St John the Baptist, wearing a pink cloak over his camel-hair tunic and carrying an unfurled scroll; a bishop saint in a blue cope, holding a red book; St Lawrence, carrying the grill on which he was tortured and a martyr's palm; St Catherine in a red dress and wearing a crown, carrying a martyr's palm and holding the wheel on which she was tortured; St Clare, carrying a red book; and St Lucy, carrying a jar with a flame, and a martyr's palm, and wearing a gold hairband.

The representation of Christ and the Virgin enthroned, with saint below, is to be found in Florentine manuscript illuminations for the Feast of All Saints, for example in a manuscript illumination attributed to the Master of the Dominican Effigies.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.