The saint may be Margaret, but may be another female martyr who was beheaded. The panel was probably once part of a predella, the lower part of an altarpiece.

The Master of the Bambino Vispo ('Master of the Lively Child'), is now thought to be identifiable with Starnina, who may have worked in Spain and then in Florence in the early 15th century.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1364 - 1413
Full title
The Beheading of Saint Margaret (?)
Date made
probably about 1409
Medium and support
Egg tempera on poplar
Dimensions
42.3 x 65.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
NG3926
Location in Gallery