Skip Navigation

Predella with Annunciation and Scenes from the Lives of Four Saints

Nicola di Maestro Antonio d'Ancona

European Art

This predella depicts defining events in the lives of the Madonna and Saints John the Baptist, Lawrence, Stephen, and Anthony of Padua, all represented on the main panel of an altarpiece now in a Roman private collection. Decorated pilasters capped with Corinthian capitals divide the predella into clearly defined scenes of martyrdom and wonder, while a verdant, mountainous landscape in the distance provides a rhythmic continuity of peaks and valleys that draws the eye across the panel’s individual narratives.

Traditionally the devotional focus of an altarpiece, the Virgin receives the widest section at the center of the predella with a depiction of the Annunciation, the moment when Mary’s destiny to bear the Christ Child is revealed to her by the Archangel Gabriel. Nicola places the four remaining scenes on either side of the Annunciation—just as the saints would appear on either side of the Madonna in the main panel. Significantly larger in scale and adorned with halos, the saints are clearly distinguished from the other figures in their respective scenes.
MEDIUM Tempera on panel
  • Place Made: Italy
  • DATES ca. 1475-1480
    DIMENSIONS Image: 6 1/4 x 72 3/4 in. (15.9 x 184.8 cm) Frame: 10 x 76 in. (25.4 x 193 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.844
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
    This work may be in the public domain in the United States. Works created by United States and non-United States nationals published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, subject to the terms of any applicable treaty or agreement.

    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this work. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please contact reproductions@brooklynmuseum.org (charges apply).

    The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to the work. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.

    The Brooklyn Museum makes no representations or warranties with respect to the application or terms of any international agreement governing copyright protection in the United States for works created by foreign nationals.

    For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch.

    For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright.

    If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact copyright@brooklynmuseum.org.
    CAPTION Nicola di Maestro Antonio d'Ancona (Italian, Marchigian School, documented 1472-1511). Predella with Annunciation and Scenes from the Lives of Four Saints, ca. 1475-1480. Tempera on panel, Image: 6 1/4 x 72 3/4 in. (15.9 x 184.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott, 34.844
    IMAGE detail, 34.844_detail2_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (91%)
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.