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Stefano da Verona: A New Work and Some Old Problems

 

Keith Christiansen

 

In May 2017 a painting of the Crucifixion described generically as «Italian School, 14th Century», was sold at auction in London. Acquired by a young Italian dealer who recognized its exceptional quality, it was subsequently purchased by The Metropolitan Museum as a rare, early work by the late Gothic painter Stefano da Verona. The picture provides the occasion to review what we know about the artist, his place in the history of fifteenth-century painting in Lombardy and the Veneto, and the ways in which his art epitomizes a moment of intense exchange between the Visconti court in Milan and that of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.