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Andrea di Bartolo

Saint Stephen; Saint Lawrence

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Andrea di Bartolo

Andrea di Bartolo

Saint Stephen; Saint Lawrence

Saint Stephen; Saint Lawrence

Andrea di Bartolo

Siena, active from 1389-died 1428

Saint Stephen;

Saint Lawrence


a pair, both tempera on panel, gold ground, unframed

each panel: 13 by 4 3/4 in.; 33 by 12.1 cm.

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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 29 October 2009, lot 73 (as Workshop of Andrea di Bartolo);
There acquired by Richard L. Feigen.
L. Kanter and J. Marciari, Italian Paintings from the Richard L. Feigen Collection, New Haven 2010, p. 169, appendix 3, reproduced in color (as Andrea di Bartolo, under recent acquisitions).  
The present pair of saints was once among a large number of small panels with saints that adorned the lateral buttresses of a major altarpiece, though the original setting has not been identified. Miklós Boskovits attributed the saints to the Workshop of Andrea di Bartolo at the time of the 2009 sale, but the following year, Laurence Kanter published them as the work of Andrea himself and dated them to circa 1390 - 1400 (see Literature). Andrea belonged to a large family of artists that included his grandfather, a gilder, his father Bartolo di Fredi, the prolific Siense artist, and his sons Giorgio and Sano, who were also painters. In the last years of the fourteenth century, Andrea participated in large projects in the Veneto and in Tuscany, and also worked as a miniature painter and book illustrator. The present panels exhibit his early-career style, which featured compact figures and a bold color palette, in contrast to the increasingly elongated figures he would later paint.