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This gold-ground panel painting was most likely painted for a church in the artist's hometown of Siena, probably around the year 1320. The panel has a tooled gold background and shows three half-length figures each set below an individual rounded archway.
The panel has been cut, evident from its uneven lower edge. Current research suggests that it was once positioned above a larger panel depicting the 'Virgin and Child Enthroned and Donor, Angels', now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Together, the panels may have formed the central portion of a large and elaborate multi-panelled altarpiece (known as a polyptych) possibly for the church of Santa Maria dei Servi in Siena.
This is Pietro Lorenzetti's only fully autograph work in the UK; the other six works associated with his name are in part attributed to his workshop.
tempera & gilding on panel
H 30.5 x W 69.5 cm
acquired with the assistance of the Ferens Endowment Fund, the John Bradshaw Bequest, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, The Wolfson Foundation and The National Gallery, 2013