Artibus et Historiae no. 38 (XIX)1998, ISSN 0391-9064
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PERRI LEE ROBERTS - A Newly Recovered Painting by Masolino da Panicale
The newly recovered painting is not recorded in any known documents or literary sources relating to Masolino, nor is its provenance known prior to its appearance in a private collection in Connecticut. The size, relative thinness, format and subject matter of the panel implies that it originally was part of a larger complex. It may have been inserted into the doors of a "custodia" enclosing a work of sculpture or painting, or those of an "armadio". However, the more likely context for this painting is the median tierof a multi-stored polyptych, above the larger main panels, and below the pinnacles; given the orientation of the figure and the view from below, it was clearly on the right-hand side of the altarpiece. Masolino's newly recovered panel cannot be securely associated with any surviving or documented lost works by the artist. Part of a herefore unknown polyptych painted by the artist early in his painting career, "St. John the Evangelist" represents a significant addition to the œuvre of this important, early Renaissance master.