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Giovanni di Bartolomeo Cristiani

St. Martin holding his sword

Property from a Northeast Collection

Giovanni di Bartolomeo Cristiani

Giovanni di Bartolomeo Cristiani

St. Martin holding his sword

St. Martin holding his sword

Property from a Northeast Collection

Giovanni di Bartolomeo Cristiani

active in Tuscany by 1347, died circa 1400

St. Martin holding his sword


tempera on panel, gold ground

painted surface: 12 1/2 by 7 1/2 in.; 31.8 by 19 cm.

with engaged frame: 14 3/4 by 10 1/4 in.; 37.5 by 26 cm.

Private collection, Budapest, before 1981 (according to Offner);
With Lane Fine Art, London;
From whom acquired, circa 2003-2004. 
R. Offner, A Corpus of Florentine Painting: The Fourteenth Century. Supplement: A Legacy of Attributions, New York 1981, p. 64, reproduced fig. 135.
Although little is known about the life of Giovanni Bartolomeo Cristiani, he was active in Pistoia, northwest of Florence, where he signed and dated altarpieces between 1370 and 1390, and a final fresco is documented in 1396-98. His primary influences were the Florentine painters Niccolò di Tommaso (active 1346 - 1376), Nardo di Cione (active by 1343, d. 1365/66), and Maso di Bianco (1320 - 1346), who carried on Giotto's style. The present panel was the left leaf of a polyptych and the inclusion of St. Martin, who is seldom depicted as a standalone saint, may have referred to the patron's name.