Room 52

Italy 1350–1400

During the second half of the 14th century, Florentine painting was dominated by the workshop of the brothers Andrea, Nardo and Jacopo di Cione. These artists reverted to archaic forms, with less emphasis than earlier in the century on the depiction of human emotion or naturalistic figures set in three-dimensional spaces.

Their style is characterised instead by elaborate surface decoration achieved by patterns of rich textiles and gilded and punched haloes. Jacopo di Cione, with the members of his workshop, painted the massive altarpiece for the church of San Pier Maggiore, seen here fragmented but almost complete. The central panel shows the Coronation of the Virgin, in which Christ crowns her the queen of heaven, a popular subject in Late Medieval and Renaissance Florence.

The influence of Byzantine icons, so important for Italian painters around 1300, persisted in Venice, which had trading links with the Eastern Mediterranean. Northern Italian painting in this period is represented in this room by works painted by Barnaba da Modena and Giusto de’ Menabuoi.

Paintings in this room

Attributed to Jacopo di Cione: 'The Crucifixion'
The Crucifixion
Jacopo di Cione
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'Adoring Saints: Left Main Tier Panel'
Adoring Saints: Left Main Tier Panel
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'Adoring Saints: Right Main Tier Panel'
Adoring Saints: Right Main Tier Panel
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'Beata Paola'
Beata Paola
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'Pentecost'
Pentecost: Upper Tier Panel
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'St. Anthony Abbott'
Saint Anthony Abbot
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'St. Bruno Boniface'
Saint Bruno Boniface
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'St. John the Evangelist'
Saint John the Evangelist
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'St. Luke'
Saint Luke
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'St. Peter Damien'
Saint Peter Damian
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels'
Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels'
Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'The Ascension'
The Ascension: Upper Tier Panel
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'The Resurrection'
The Resurrection: Upper Tier Panel
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione and workshop: 'The Trinity: Central Pinnacle Panel'
The Trinity: Central Pinnacle Panel
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Master of the Lehman Crucifixion: 'Noli me Tangere'
Noli me tangere
Probably by Jacopo di Cione
Nardo di Cione, 'Three Saints'
Three Saints
Nardo di Cione
Niccolo di Buonaccorso: 'The Marriage of the Virgin'
The Marriage of the Virgin
Niccolò di Buonaccorso
Niccolo di Pietro Gerini: 'Adoration of the Shepherds'
Adoration of the Shepherds
Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
Simone dei Crocefissi: 'Dream of the Virgin'
Dream of the Virgin
Simone dei Crocefissi