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

Beata Paola
Beata Paola
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Pentecost: Upper Tier Panel
Pentecost: Upper Tier Panel
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Saint Anthony Abbot
Saint Anthony Abbot
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Saint Bruno Boniface
Saint Bruno Boniface
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Saint John the Evangelist
Saint John the Evangelist
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Saint Luke
Saint Luke
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Saint Peter Damian
Saint Peter Damian
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels
Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels
Seraphim, Cherubim and Adoring Angels
Jacopo di Cione and workshop
Noli me tangere
Noli me tangere
Attributed to Jacopo di Cione
Adoration of the Shepherds
Adoration of the Shepherds
Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
Frame Roundel
Frame Roundel
Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
Saint Paul: Right Main Tier Panel
Saint Paul: Right Main Tier Panel
Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
Saint Peter: Left Main Tier Panel
Saint Peter: Left Main Tier Panel
Niccolò di Pietro Gerini
Dream of the Virgin
Dream of the Virgin
Simone dei Crocefissi
 
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