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Cassetta frame on a polyptych panel

Date:
ca. 1325
Culture:
Italian, Siena
Medium:
Poplar. Mitered. Gilt; red-orange bole; red, blue, and white color.
Dimensions:
Overall, 67.6 x 48 cm; sight, 56.3 x 36.6 cm; engaged.
Classification:
Frames
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.13b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 952
This panel by Simone Martini depicts the fourth-century martyr and first apostle of Siena Saint Ansanus. With 1975.1.12b it forms part of a polyptych, of which five panels are known. Overlaying the profile of this panel with that of 1975.1.12b confirms the existence on the former of an additional layer of gesso on either side of the frieze. This has now assumed the craquelure of the underlying surface.
J. D. Beazley, Oxford University, and A. S. F. Gow, Eton College, bought in Paris before 1915; R. Langton Douglas, London. Acquired by Philip Lehman in 1916.
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