Giovanni di Nicola
Documented from 1326, Giovanni di Nicola came from, and worked in, Pisa. He also worked in Siena where in 1326 he was described as a pupil of Lippo Memmi.
Memmi, whose work is not represented in the Gallery, was a Sienese painter in the orbit of one of the great Sienese painters Simone Martini. Elements of their style are visible in the work of Giovanni di Nicola, such as the ornamental pastiglia work. The picture in the National Gallery by Giovanni di Nicola compares with the only signed and dated work by him: 'The Virgin and Child' in the Museo Nazionale at Pisa.