Saturday, June 17, 2017

Giovanni da Rimini: A 14th-century masterpiece unveiled at the National Gallery

Giovanni da Rimini, Virgin and Child with Five Saints. Probably about 1300-05. Egg tempera on panel, 49 × 39 cm. Pinacoteca Comunale di Faenza © IBACN / Emilia-Romagna.
LONDON---This summer visitors to the National Gallery can discover Giovanni da Rimini’s exquisite late Medieval painting, Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and Other Saints. Giovanni’s panel, which is more than seven hundred years old, beautifully unites the tradition of late Byzantine icons with a new, more sophisticated style of painting, rich in narrative detail. The exhibition brings together, for the first time in the UK, the three easel paintings unanimously attributed to Giovanni da Rimini: 'Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and Other Saints' with the very closely related 'Scenes from the Life of Christ' from the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini, Rome; and 'The Virgin and Child with Five Saints' from the Pinacoteca Comunale, Faenza, Italy. [More]