Retable with Scenes from the Life of Saint Andrew

Attributed to the Master of Roussillon Spanish

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 20

In the central panel, Saint Andrew—apostle, brother of Saint Peter, and disciple of Saint John the Baptist—sits holding his attribute, a cross, which is more commonly represented in the form of an X. Above are the Virgin and Child surrounded by saints and angels. The flanking panels depict important events in Saint Andrew’s life, while the scenes in the predella below are devoted to a number of more obscure episodes. The center panel represents Christ as the Man of Sorrows. The panel on the right has been lost. A rectangular section in the lower part of the main panel with the seated Saint Andrew was cut out, perhaps to hold a reliquary, and has been replaced with an inpainted panel.
This altar is thought to be the major work of an anonymous artist who was influenced by Lluís Borrassà (active 1380–1424/5) and is known as the Master of Roussillon, after the region in which he worked.

Retable with Scenes from the Life of Saint Andrew, Attributed to the Master of Roussillon (Spanish, active 1385–1428), Tempera and gilding on panel, Catalan

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