Saint Justine

Master of Roncaiettearound 1430 - 1440

Museo Diocesano Milano

Museo Diocesano Milano


  • Title: Saint Justine
  • Date: around 1430 - 1440
  • Provenance: Alberto Crespi Collection
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.8 x h88.1 cm
  • Painter: Master of Roncaiette
  • Description: This painter, trained in Venice, was active from the late fourteenth century to the 1430s. The expressiveness of the figures and the attention to naturalism in the depiction of the courtly clothes and hairstyles indicate that the master draws on Venetian culture, but also updates it following key international examples such as Gentile da Fabriano and Pisanello. The four saints were part of a dismembered polyptych, which also contained St. Philip, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, and Anthony Abbot, now in the Museum of Teplice in the Czech Republic; St. Catherine of Alexandria in the Cagnola di Gazzada collection in Varese; and the Madonna and Child Enthroned now in the Museum of Trieste. It remains to be seen whether the nine compartments belonged to two distinct polyptychs, or to a single altarpiece with two rows of figures, one above the other. The four saints of the Crespi collection are strongly individualized and display the naturalistic sensibility the artist derived from his knowledge of the courtly and profane trends of the International Gothic style. These elements lead historians to date the panels to the fourth decade of the fifteenth century.
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: © Archivio fotografico Museo Diocesano, Milano
  • External Link: http://www.museodiocesano.it/collections/collezione-crespi/
  • Medium: tempera on wood