The altarpiece depicts episodes from the life of Christ (central section), of Saint John the Baptist (left), and of Saint John the Evangelist (right). The appearance of Franciscan friars in the Crucifixion scene suggests that the altarpiece was originally commissioned for a Franciscan community. The Embriachi family, which ran successful workshops in Venice and Florence, produced numerous carvings in bone, ivory, and other materials.
Giovanni Battista Cagnola ; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Jeannez, Édouard. Inventaire descriptif et raisonné des principaux objets d'art: ayant figuré a l'exposition rétrospective forézienne de Roanne 1890. Roanne: Imprimerie du Roannais Illustré, 1890. p. 9, pl. 4–5.
Exposition rétrospective forézienne: beaux-arts – arts décoratifs, 5–29 juin 1890. Catalogue. Roanne: Imprimerie Chorgnon et Bardiot, 1890. no. 58, p. 15, ill.
Artist: Baldassare degli Embriachi (Italian, active 1390–1409) (Workshop)Date: ca. 1400–1409Medium: Bone and Certosina (inlays of stained woods, bone and horn) with traces of gildingAccession: 17.190.490a, bOn view in:Gallery 307