Baldassare degli Embriachi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306

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.

Altarpiece, Baldassare degli Embriachi (Italian, active 1390–1409), Bone framed with intarsia and horn, traces of paint and gilding, North Italian

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