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Panels from an Altarpiece, S.Maria della Scala, Verona


These are two panels from a three-panel altarpiece for S. Maria della Scala, Verona. The central panel of the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Gerolamo dai Libri and the flanking panel of Saint Roch by Paolo Morando are both in the National Gallery’s collection, but the other flanking panel of Saint Sebastian by Francesco di Marco India Torbido is missing. It is quite unusual for each of the three panels of a triptych to be painted by a different artist.

The commission for this work was connected with an outbreak of plague in Verona from 1510 to 1512. Roch and Sebastian are both saints invoked against plague. In the central panel, the dead dragon at the feet of the Virgin and the olive branch held by the Christ Child symbolise his triumph over the devil but may also refer to the ending of the 1516 siege of Verona.