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Simone Martini: The Redeemerconferring a blessing

Simone Martini
(Siena circa1284 - Avignon 1344)
The Redeemer conferring a blessing
1315-1320
tempera on wood
cm. 38.3 x 28,5
cat. 40165

This small panel may once have been the upper part of a lost polyptych.
Christ is shown half-length, in a front view, with his right hand raised in a gesture of blessing and his left resting on a book, according to a model that was still Byzantine. In this case, however, it is translated into a fully Siennese language, as regards both elegance of design and refinement of colour. The work, which is of high quality, is attributed to Simone Martini, a Siennese painter, and the date proposed by critics is between 1315 and 1320, as the work is stylistically close to the Majesty in the Palazzo Pubblico of Sienna.