Carlo Crivelli (Italian, Venice (?), active by 1457–died 1495 Ascoli Piceno)
Tempera and gold on wood
Arched top, 12 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. (32.1 x 23.2 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 954
Following an early period in Venice, Crivelli moved to Fermo, in the Marches, where he executed the altarpiece of San Francesco Montefiore, to which this panel originally belonged. Portraying an apostle holding a scroll of a creed, the panel was part of the altarpiece’s predella, consisting of a series of arch-topped half-length figures of Christ and eleven saints and apostles. Crivelli's linear, dry, and expressive style reveals the influence of the Paduan school of the mid-fifteenth century.
Probably Church of the Observant Franciscans at Montefiore dell'Aso near Fermo; purchased by Pietro Vallati, Rome, shortly before 1858 (diary of Otto Mündler and notebooks of Sir Charles Eastlake in the National Gallery, London, cited by Davies, loc. cit.); Cornwall Legh Collection, High Legh Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire, until 1926; Hadeln, Florence. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1926.