This painting is part of the group: Fiesole San Domenico Altarpiece

The three rows represent the various precursors of Christ, male martyrs (with palms) and female saints.

This, along with four other panels showing respectively, 'Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven', 'The Virgin Mary with the Apostles and Other Saints', 'The Dominican Blessed' and another panel of 'The Dominican Blessed', formed the predella, or lower section, of the high altarpiece of San Domenico at Fiesole, near Florence. This was the church of Fra Angelico's own Dominican friary. The predella shows the most elaborate depiction of the Court of Heaven in the Collection. Christ stands in the centre surrounded by angels, saints and martyrs.

The church of San Domenico was dedicated in 1435, and Fra Angelico's picture was probably in place on the high altar by that time. The main panel was modified by Lorenzo di Credi around 1501. This and the painted pilaster are still in the church.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1417; died 1455
Full title
The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs: Inner Right Predella Panel
Group
Date made
about 1423-4
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
Dimensions
31.9 x 63.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG663.3
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Fiesole San Domenico Altarpiece

Painting
Probably by Fra Angelico
about 1423-4
Fra Angelico: 'Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven'
Painting
Probably by Fra Angelico
about 1423-4
Fra Angelico: 'The Virgin Mary with the Apostles and Other Saints'
Painting
Probably by Fra Angelico
about 1423-4
Fra Angelico: 'The Dominican Blessed'
Painting
Probably by Fra Angelico
about 1423-4
Fra Angelico: 'The Dominican Blessed'
Painting
Probably by Fra Angelico
about 1423-4
Attributed to Fra Angelico: 'Saint Romulus'