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Angelico, Fra (ca.1400 - 1455)
Sepulchring of Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian (San Marco Altarpiece)Date: 1438-40
Museum: Museo di San Marco
Dimensions: 37 x 45 cm.
The altarpiece, one of the most grandiose of the Quattrocento altars, was executed after the decision of Cosimo de' Medici in 1438 to transfer to Cortona the triptych which served as main altar of the convent church. It depicts, in the front, the kneeling Sts Cosmas and Damian, then in the second row, from the left: Sts Lawrence, John the Evangelist, Mark, Dominic, Francis and Peter the Martyr. It is assumed that the figure of St Cosmas is the likeness of Cosimo de' Medici. In the lower center a Crucifixion with golden background can be seen.
This picture is the first from the right on the predella.
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