Artist: Taddeo Gaddi (Italian, Florentine, active by 1334–died 1366)
Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground
Dimensions: Overall, with added strips, 21 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (54 x 36.2 cm); painted surface 20 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (52.7 x 35.2 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996
Accession Number: 1997.117.1
A nobleman of the ninth century, Saint Julian is shown holding his attribute, the sword with which he accidentally slew his parents. This cut-down but otherwise well-preserved picture dates from about 1340 and belonged to a triptych for a church in Florence (Santa Maria della Croce al Tempio). Taddeo was among Giotto's most prolific and inventive pupils. The Metropolitan also owns a large altarpiece by him that is approximately contemporary with the Saint Julian (Gallery 625). Taddeo’s son Agnolo is the author of the Trinity, also shown in this gallery.
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