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Saint Jerome, wearing his red cardinal’s hat, and Saint John the Baptist stand side by side on a grassy hillock. Saint John’s sturdy toes interrupt a carpet of wild flowers, including yellow dandelions, violets and strawberries.
The panel comes from a large double-sided altarpiece that Masolino and Masaccio collaborated on for the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. This panel is by Masaccio, but Masolino had to complete the altarpiece after the artist’s death in 1428/9.
Egg tempera on poplar
H 125 x W 58.9 cm
Bought with a contribution from The Art Fund, 1950