Description This set of four panels is from the predella or base section of a polyptych altarpiece featuring the Madonna and Child and saints, formerly in the church of San Domenico in Siena. The four Walters panels depict scenes from the life of Christ. While the graceful Entombment is characteristic of the Sienese school, the naturalistic shadow cast by the figure of Nicodemus who stoops to receive the body of Christ is extraordinary and possibly the earliest representation of a shadow in Italian Renaissance art. For more information on these panels, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 78a-d, pp. 116-121.
- The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
Provenance The Church of San Domenico, Siena, 1426 ["Pecci-Paganucci" altar until mid 16th century, "Malavolti" altar from the early 17th century, Refectory from the early 17th to perhaps the late 18th century]; Comm. Galgano Saracini, Siena, prior to 1819 [mode of acquisition unknown] [1819 catalogue, no. 1257-1260, as Duccio di Segna]; The Counts Chigi-Saracini, Siena [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Luigi Grassi, Florence [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911
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