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The Last Supper

Ugolino da Siena (Ugolino di Nerio) (Italian, Siena, active by 1317–died ?1339/49)

ca. 1325–30
Tempera and gold on wood
Overall, with engaged (modern) frame, 15 x 22 1/4 in. (38.1 x 56.5 cm); painted surface 13 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (34.3 x 52.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
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  • Description

    Ugolino da Siena was the most original and accomplished follower of Duccio di Buoninsegna, the greatest Sienese painter of the fourteenth century. Among Ugolino's most important commissions was the high altarpiece of Santa Croce, the Franciscan church in Florence. This painting of the Last Supper formed part of the predella of the now dismembered altarpiece. The central panel, which depicted the Madonna and Child and was signed by Ugolino, is now lost. Ugolino's large workshop included his father and two of his brothers, who were also painters.
    This panel and six others—Arrest of Christ (National Gallery, London), Flagellation (Gemäldegalerie, SMPK, Berlin), Way to Calvary and Deposition (both National Gallery, London), Entombment (Gemäldegalerie, SMPK, Berlin), and Resurrection (National Gallery, London)—comprised the predella of the altarpiece on the high altar of the church of Santa Croce, Florence. Saints John the Baptist, Paul, and Peter (all Gemäldegalerie, SMPK, Berlin) are from the main register; Saints James the Greater and Philip, Saints Matthew and James the Lesser, and Saints Matthias and Clare (all Gemäldegalerie, SMPK, Berlin), Saints Simon and Thaddeus and Saints Bartholomew and Andrew (both National Gallery, London) are from the intermediate upper register.

  • Provenance

    Cappella Maggiore, Santa Croce, Florence (until 1566); upper dormitory, friary of Sante Croce, Florence; William Young Ottley, London; Warner Ottley, London; Warner Ottley sale, Foster and Son, London, 30 June 1847 (bought in); Warner Ottley sale, Foster and Son, London, 24 June 1850, lot 55; Rev. John Fuller Russell, Eagle House, near Enfield (see G. F. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, 1854, vol. 2, p. 462); Russell sale, Christie's, London, 18 April, 1885, lot 116; Canon L. Myers, Swanmore Park; F. Sabin, London; acquired by Robert Lehman in 1934.

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