The Coronation of the Virgin, and Saints

Giovanni di Tano Fei Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601

The only Gothic altarpiece in The Met collection with all of its components, this work was painted for Alderotto Brunelleschi’s chapel in the church of San Leo in Florence. He and his uncle Silvestro appear in the predella at the bottom of the altarpiece. In the main panels are Saints Bernard and Sylvester. Saints Nicholas and Julian flank the central scene where Christ crowns his mother, Mary, accompanied by angel musicians. The roundels above contain busts of unidentified prophets and of Christ. Scenes in the predella show the apostles Peter and Paul appearing to Constantine in a dream and Pope Sylvester baptizing Constantine, raising the bull, and binding the mouth of a poisonous dragon and resuscitating magicians killed by its breath.

The Coronation of the Virgin, and Saints, Giovanni di Tano Fei (Italian, Florentine, active 1384–1405), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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