European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Saint Anthony Abbot, Saint Andrew, the Mourning Virgin, the Man of Sorrows, the Mourning Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Raphael Archangel, and Saint Lawrence
Predella from an altarpiece once in San Paolo, Collegarli (Pisa)Made in Italy, Europe
Taddeo di Bartolo, Italian (active Siena and environs, Perugia, Pisa, and Genoa), first documented 1383, died 1422
Tempera, tooled gold, and colored glass on panel with horizontal grain
Cat. 95John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThis panel was a predella, or base of an altarpiece. The figures are centered in medallions surrounded by relief decoration known in Italian as pastiglia. To create the designs, artists worked wet plaster (called gesso) into raised patterns and allowed it to harden, then applied gold leaf. Beads of colored glass were embedded in the gesso to enhance the surface's glittering effect.
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