The art of this period, characterised by its combination of emotional intensity, iconographic originality, and painterly innovation corresponds with a key moment in Western European art when the emphasis on realism and observation in painting began.Surviving paintings by members of the School of Rimini are rare and paintings by Giovanni — the most talented artist of the group — are exceptionally so. It is generally assumed that he executed the earliest frescoes in the church of Sant’ Agostino, Rimini. Since they are the only frescoes of the 14th century to have survived in the city, the artist holds a key position in the study of Riminese 14th-century painting.This focused exhibition and its accompanying catalogue, which highlights new technical and art historical research, present an opportunity to rediscover this important artist and to view his work in the historical context of early 14th-century Western European painting. Visitors will learn about the meaning of the picture, its probable patron, and its function as a personal devotional object. The assumption that the National Gallery panel and the Rome panel are two wings of one diptych will also be reconsidered.
Open to public: 14 June 2017
Daily 10am–6pm (last admission 5pm)
Fridays 10am–9pm (last admission 8.15pm)