Thursday, July 28, 2011

Niccolo de Pietro Gerini

I went to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH to see an altarpiece by Niccolo di Pietro Gerini (d. ca. 1414/1415), currently on loan to the Museum from a private collection. Gerini was active in Florence, but also did work in Prato and Pisa, continuing in the tradition of Giotto.

Beautiful painting. The narrative may or may not have meaning to the viewer, but the color and composition easily transports to another world, filled with serenity. 

The only slightly-odd notes are the blacks on the right side – the book cover, on the cloak – and the small black pieces in the center and right peaks, which don’t quite seem in harmony with the over-all key; perhaps a bit of restoration or “improvement” done later. A minor point.
     
Virgin and Child with a donor, St. James, John the Baptist, Nicolas, and Anthony Abbott
ca. 60” x 72”     ca. 1390
Niccolo di Pietro Gerini
Private Collection  

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