Adoring Saints: Left Main Tier Panel

The 'Coronation of the Virgin', the central panel of the altarpiece, shows Mary being crowned Queen of Heaven by her son Jesus Christ, in the presence of saints and choirs of angels with musical instruments.

The saints on this left wing of the altarpiece include Benedict (in white) with a book inscribed with the words from his Rule, Matthew with a book inscribed with words from his Gospel (2: 1), Miniato, Stephen, and Francis.

The altarpiece comes from the Camaldolese monastery (now destroyed) of San Benedetto fuori della Porta Pinti, Florence. It is a smaller version of one painted in 1414 for the main church of the order in Florence, where Lorenzo Monaco was a monk.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1399; died 1423 or 1424
Full title
Adoring Saints: Left Main Tier Panel
Date made
Medium and support
Egg tempera on wood
194.5 x 104.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by William Coningham, 1848
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: San Benedetto Altarpiece

Lorenzo Monaco
Lorenzo Monaco: 'The Coronation of the Virgin'