About this artwork

An unidentified saint and his companion kneel as they are baptised by a robed priest. They are watched by two people from a doorway. The architecture frames the event rather like stage scenery. The figures with stylised features and schematic modelling are large in relation to the setting. The panel, one of two in the collection, originally formed part of a predella of five scenes at the base of an altarpiece. The saint may have appeared either in the main panel with the Virgin and Christ Child or in an adjoining panel flanking the central image.

Master of the San Lucchese Altarpiece

Master of the San Lucchese Altarpiece

This Italian artist, whose precise identity has not yet been discovered, was named by art historians after an altarpiece once in the church of S.Lucchese, Poggibonsi, south of Florence. Other works made in a similar style have been attributed to the same painter. These pictures suggest that he was influenced by the Florentine artist Maso di Banco, and that he was active from about 1350 to 1420.