Saints Anthony and Peter

Saints Anthony and Peter
Artist:
Niccolo di Pietro Gerini (Italian, active 1368-1415)
Date:
c. 1390-95
Medium:
Tempera on panel 
Dimensions:
46-3/4 x 30 in. (118.7 x 76.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1979.50.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View
Description

Dated to the end of the fourteenth century, this panel depicting two saints was likely part of a larger ensemble that presented an important scene from the life of Christ or the Virgin Mary at center, with another pair of saints on the opposite side. Anthony the Abbot, a Christian saint from Egypt, was considered to be the founder of monasticism. Gerini’s depiction of the saint as an elderly monk with a walking stick was customary for the time. Saint Peter is shown here with his attribute, a pair of keys, which refer to Christ’s words to the apostle from Matthew 16:19: “I will give to thee the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Provenance:

James Kerr-Lawson (1862-1939), Settignano, Italy, and London, by 1921, sold before 1932 to;
Nicodemo Grassi, Florence.
Private collection, near Venice by 1946.
Dr. E. Limongelli, Rome, by at least 1971.
(sale, Rome, Finarte, 12-13 December 1973, lot 69, as Nicolò di Pietro Gerini, Sant’Antonio Abate e San Pietro).
(sale, Paris, Palais Galliera, 21 June 1974, lot 13, as attributed to Niccoló di Pietro Gerini, Saint Antoine et Saint Pierre, bought-in);
(sale, Paris, Palais Galliera, 7 April 1976, lot 22, as attributed to Niccolo di Pietro Gerini, Saint Antoine et Saint Pierre, to);
[Sylvia Blatas, buying for];
Norton Simon, Los Angeles, N.76.16.2.P., gift 1979 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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