Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 603

These four Old Testament prophets are among the masterpieces of Monaco, a leading late Gothic Florentine painter. Each figure holds an identifying attribute. David, holding a psaltery, is considered a direct ancestor of Christ; Moses holds two tablets of the Ten Commandments featuring pseudo-Hebrew script; Abraham prepares to sacrifice his only son Isaac, prefiguring the sacrifice of Christ; and Noah’s ark, the object of his salvation, is symbolically shaped like the church. The original arrangement and function of this group remains unknown.

Moses, Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni) (Italian, Florence (?) ca. 1370–1425 Florence (?)), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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