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Martyrdom of a Female Saint (Saint Agnes?); Flagellation of Christ; Saint Jerome in the Wilderness [the "Sherman Predella"]

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A predella is a horizontal section at the base of an altarpiece. The three scenes of this predella are unified by the similar scale of the figures and by their symmetrical compositions, with rocky landscapes at both edges of the panel. The coloring, delicate shading, and details in gold leaf...

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Hans Heinrich XI, Prince von Pless (b. 1833-d. 1907), Schloss Fürstenstein (present-day Ksiaz) and Pless (present-day Pszczyna), Silesia, Poland [see note 1]. By 1921, Robert Langton Douglas (b. 1864-d. 1951), London [see note 2]; by (June 24 ?); 1922, sold by Robert Langton Douglas to Mrs. Zoe Oliver Sherman, Boston, MA [see note 3]; 1922, gift of Mrs. Zoe Oliver Sherman to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1922) NOTES: [1] According to a note dated November 18, 1943, in the MFA curatorial files by William G. Constable, Curator of Paintings, Mrs. Sherman states that the picture came from the collection of the Prince of Pless. [2] According to a letter dated (June 24 ?), 1922, from Robert Langton Douglas to Mrs. Sherman, the work "came from a collection of a German prince was offered to me by a dealer who acted as intermediary". [3] See letters from Robert Langton Douglas to Mrs. Sherman (June 24 ?),1922 and September 4, 1922.

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Zoe Oliver Sherman Collection

about 1437–40


Framed: 28.6 x 52.4 cm (11 1/4 x 20 5/8 in.) Other (left panel unframed): 21.6 x 13 cm (8 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.) Other (center panel unframed): 21.6 x 26.8 cm (8 1/2 x 10 9/16 in.) Other (right panel unframed): 21.6 x 13 cm (8 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera on panel