St. Michael and St. Amador

Pere Vall (Spanish, 1380-1480)

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These panels once formed part of the banco, or lowermost register, of an immense retablo, or altarpiece. Such retablos, typical of late medieval Spain, were often large enough to fill the entire altar wall of a church or chapel. The banco of this altarpiece, which originally numbered at least ten panels, was detached at an unknown date, cut apart, and dispersed.

Probably church of San Miguel, Cardona, Spain. {1} (Newhouse Galleries, New York) by 1957; {2} Edith Whitehill Clowes [1885-1967], Indianapolis, in 1959; {3} Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, since 1958; on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Clowes Fund, since 1971 (C10078A-B); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2014.

{1}See Josep Gudiol, Pintura Gótica Catalana, Barcelona 1986, pp. 99, 358.
{2}See advertisement in The Connoisseur, vol. CXL, no. 566 (December 1957), p. lxvi (ill. of C10078B).
{3} Purchase agreement, dated 10 April 1959; see IMA Clowes Archive.

Object Information

Pere Vall (Spanish, 1380-1480)
creation date
about 1405
tempera and gold on wood
35-1/2 x 26 in.
accession number
credit line
The Clowes Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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