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Design for an Antependium: The Madonna della Misericordia with Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Circumcision, and the Presentation of the Virgin

Attributed to Lorenzo Veneziano (Italian, Venice, active 1356–72)
ca. 1370
Pen and brown ink, yellow watercolor in the backgrounds of the niches.
5 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (14.6 x 26.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
This rare sheet probably served as a design for an antependium, a woven or embroidered hanging for an altar frontal. The drawing, recalling the figure types of Lorenzo Veneziano, may have been produced for use in the workshop of a textile specialist. The emphasis on contour would have made the design easily translatable into thread. Venetian artisans of the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries were renowned for this type of textile work.
Lord Amherst of Hackney; Amherst sale 1921, lot 81; Henry Oppenheimer, London; Oppenheimer sale 1936, lot 2A. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1936.
Michel Laclotte. "fragments de polyptyques vénitiens du XIVe siècle." Autour de Lorenzo Veneziano. Exh. cat., Milan; Tours, 2005, pp. 73-74, no. 92.

Cristina Guarnieri. Lorenzo Veneziano. Milan, 2006, pp. 66-67, 219, no. 52, fig. 11.

Chiara Rigoni and Chiara Scardellato. "tre Madonne "de panno lineo" : indagini, tecnica, iconografia." Lorenzo Veneziano: le Virgines humilitatis. Milan, 2011, p. 35, no. 12.

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