The Stefaneschi Altarpiece: A Reconsideration

  title={The Stefaneschi Altarpiece: A Reconsideration},
  author={Julian W. Gardner},
  journal={Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes},
  pages={57 - 103}
  • J. Gardner
  • Published 1 January 1974
  • History
  • Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
The importance of the altarpiece commissioned by Cardinal Giacomo Gaetani Stefaneschi for the high altar of the old basilica of St. Peter's has been underestimated by modern criticism, almost without exception.' Since the negative judgement of Rintelen,2 the double-sided triptych, now exhibited in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, has received comparatively little serious study.3 It has been dated across a span of over three decades, and the problem of the authorship of the painting has produced an… 

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cit., figs. 3 -io6. The fragmentary altar at Massa Marittima

  • 'The early work of Simone Martini', Art Quarterly, xii,
  • 1949

The problem requires further study

  • esp. p
  • 1929

Isolated tombs of cardinals and chapels do not disprove this statement

  • I cannot accept the suggestion of Martinelli (note 21 above),
  • 1969

For the Anagni triptych cf

  • note IoI above.
  • 1966