Remarkably little falls between the cracks, although I personally would have liked to see more on the front and back predellas
, especially their missing elements.
In her examination of "Dante's Dream," painted in 1856 and repainted between 1878 and 1880, Straub interprets two predellas
which represent Alighieri's grief-stricken dreams of Beatrice's death and his narration of them to female auditors as emblems for "the impact of a dream on the poet, whose emotional and physical suffering leads to the production of poetry" (p.
DY: The painter and critic Alexi Worth, perhaps thinking of the predellas
, has referred to your paintings as "altarpieces of pessimism.
Painted in 1429-1430, these predellas
would have been at the lower edge of an altarpiece and are no more than 10 by nine inches, with the exception of the center one being double-length.
These paintings rest on plywood slabs that, on the one hand, refer to the predellas
of quattrocento paintings, and on the other, to the materials of arte povera, a movement in which the artist was a leading figure.
Of the three more special clauses, two involve the front and back predellas
Removed from its original site in the 17th century, dismantled during the 18th and widely dispersed during the 19th, only its main panel and two predellas
remain in the Museo di S Marco.