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The Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John, with Saint John Baptist (above); Franciscan Saint in Prayer before a Vision of Christ and Saints, with a Male Saint (above) (recto and verso)

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Reliquaries are precious containers for the relics of holy persons. Here the small glass roundels would have held fragments believed to be the bones of saints or other items. One side of the painting depicts the Crucifixion and above it, John the Baptist. The other side shows a Franciscan saint...

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Until 1900, Eugen Miller von Aichholz (b. 1835 - d. 1919), Vienna; May 18-22, 1900, Aichholz sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 368 [see note 1]. By 1909, Henri Heugel (b. 1844 - d. 1916), Paris [see note 2]; by descent to his wife; by descent to their son, Jacques Heugel (b. 1890 - d. 1979), Paris. 1960, M. Knoedler & Co., New York (stock no. A4774) [see note 3]; 1960, sold by Knoedler to the MFA for $15,000. (Accession Date: May 11, 1960) NOTES: [1] Attributed to Fra Angelico. [2] As published by Bernard Berenson, "Central Italian Painters of the Renaissance"(New York, 1909), p. 178. [3] Attributed to Giovanni di Paolo.

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Charles Potter Kling Fund

late 1440s


69.9 x 37.8 cm (27 1/2 x 14 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera on panel; base a modern restoration