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Virgin and Child with Saints Christopher, Augustine, Stephen, John the Baptist, Nicholas, and Sebastian

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15th century, the high altar of Santo Stefano, Monopoli, Italy; before 1871, removed from the church and taken to Naples [see note 1]. By 1892, with Luigi Dell'Erba, Palazzo Della Rocca, Naples [see note 2]. Probably about 1900/1910, acquired by Eliot Hubbard (b. 1856 – d. 1932) and his wife, Helen Wetherell Faulkner Hubbard (b. 1860 –d. 1937) [see note 2]; by descent to their son, Dr. Eliot Hubbard, Jr. (b. 1893 - d. 1977), Cambridge, MA; 1937, gift of Dr. Eliot Hubbard, Jr. to the MFA [see note 3]. (Accession Date: May 5, 1937) NOTES: [1] The altarpiece was reproduced in Demetrio Salazaro’s publication Studi sui Monumenti della Italia Meridionale dal IVo al XIIIo secolo, part 1 (Naples, 1871), pl. xxiv and discussed in part 2 (Naples, 1878), pp. 23-24, as having “at one time adorned the high altar” of the church. [2] Domenico Mora recorded the altarpiece in the possession of Luigi Dell'Erba, Palazzo Della Rocca, Naples, in his "Chartularium del monastero di S. Benedetto di Conservano," vol. 1 (1892), pp. 294-295. [3] A letter from Dr. Eliot Hubbard, Jr., to W. G. Constable of the MFA (January 1, 1940) suggests that his parents acquired the painting when he was a child.

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Gift of Dr. Eliot Hubbard, Jr.

early 15th century


Center panel: 229.0 x 72.0 cm (90 1/8 x 28 3/8 in.); Side panels: 175.0 x 34.0 cm (68 7/8 x 13 3/8 in.) each of six

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Tempera on panel