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Diptych with tabernacle frames

ca. 1400–1410
Poplar. Carved, gilt; red-orange bole.
Overall, left, 46.5 x 19.8 cm, right, 46.9 x 19.6 cm; sight, both 40.6 x 16.5 cm; engaged.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 952
The gable ornament on this diptych by Paolo di Giovanni Fei (see also 1975.1.23b), with paterae that have been regessoed, regilt, and repunched, appears to be too bold for the paitnigns: a "Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels, Saints James the Great and John the Baptist, and the Annunciatory Angel" (left wing) and a "Crucified Christ with the Virgin, Saint Mary Magdelene, Saint John the Evangelist, and the Virgin Annunciate" (right wing). The undisturbed pastiglia moldings are well balanced and in proportion to the tondi in the central gables and the scale of the figures in the paintings.
Rev. John Fuller Russell, Greenhithe, Kent, after 1854; Russell sale, Christie's, London, 18 April 1885, lot 107; Thomas Brocklebank, Wateringbury, Kent. Acquired by Philip Lehman before 1920.
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