Trial of Fire in front of the Sultan
Type of Object: Painting
Technique: tempera on panel
Measurements: 34,8 x 30,7 cm
Date or Period: c. 1330
Additional Information:

Companion to "Death of Nobleman of Celano".

Item used to belong to the following collections:
Current owner: Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Current location of an object: Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Other Relevant Historical Information:

The painting together with the other one entitled "Death of Nobleman of Celano" used to belong to the cycle of 26 paintings with scenes from the lives of Christ and St. Francis of Assisi, which, together with the scene of annunciation, used to decorate a wardrobe in the sacristy of the church of Santa Croce in Florence. They were made between 1335 and 1340; stayed in the sacristy until 1810, when the church was secularized. Soon after October 17 that year they were deposited in Florence’s monastery of San Marco, from where major part of them was bought to Galleria dell’Accademia. The remaining paintings went to a well-known on Florentine antiquarian market company of Volpini i Borgi. During his first journey to Italy in 1814-1816 Gustav Adolf Count von Ingenheim, following the advice of Prussian court counselor Hirt, acquired this two paintings. Around 1880 the whole collection of the family von Ingenheim were moved to their new residence in Reisewitz. In 1937 they both were first published as the works of Taddeo Gaddi by Klara Steinweg (the attribution of the other paintings from the cycle, being a property of Galleria dell’Accademia and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, to Taddeo Gaddi was suggested from the late 1860s, and accepted at the beginning of 20th century) and showed during an exhibition of paintings of Giotto’s times in Florence. In 1940 they were sold to Alte Pinakothek in Munich were they have remained until present day.

Related Written Material:

Miklós Boskovits, Frühe italienische Malerei. Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Berlin 1988, p. 41-47

Authors of this entry:
  • Magdalena Palica
Published on: 08 / 12 / 2009
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