Saint John the Evangelist

Segna di Buonaventura Italian

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This is the best-preserved panel of a signed altarpiece by Segna of which three other panels are also in The Met. Although Segna’s art is dependent on the work of Duccio, his figures have a regal, hieratic formality. His ascetic, harshly featured saints consciously evoke a more archaic art, and he notably retained the Byzantine use of gold striations on draperies—emblematic of the sacred world of icons. For more information about this painting, including a reconstruction of the altarpiece, visit

Saint John the Evangelist, Segna di Buonaventura (Italian, active Siena by 1298–died 1326/31), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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