Giovanni di Pietro or Dujam Vučković1, The Ugljan Polyptych

Circa 1450
St. Francis Monastery, Zadar, Croatia

Top center, an imago pietatis with Mary and John.

Upper row (left to right): SS. Chrysgonus (military garb, cross on shield), Stephen or Lawrence (palm branch, dalmatic), John the Baptist (tunic of animal skin, scroll with Ecce Agnus Dei ("Behold the Lamb of God"), Demetrius (military garb), possibly Donatus of Nicomedia (mitre and crozier), and an unidentified saint on the right.

Center row (left side, left to right): SS. Peter Martyr (Dominican habit, sword in head, palm branch), Nicholas (name on podium), Francis of Assisi (Franciscan habit, stigmata); the Madonna enthroned;

Center row (right side, left to right): SS. Jerome (cardinal's hat and cloak), Simeon (name on podium), and James the Greater. See a detail of these three saints.

Predella: The Twelve Apostles. See detail images of the left side and the right side of the predella.

The Ugljan Polyptych is discussed in an article on the Qantara Mediterranean Heritage site.

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Photographed at the monastery by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.











































1 According to Cooper (82) "The attribution of the Ugljan polyptych is still the subject of debate: several scholars give it to the Split painter Dujam Vučković (first proposed by Davor Domančić in 1959, and supported by Gamulin, Prijatelj and Belamarić), but Emil Hilje has instead identified the altarpiece as a work by the Milanese artist Giovanni di Pietro [known in Croatia as Ivan Petrov], documented in Zadar between 1431 and 1448. The issue is complicated by the close relationship between the two painters, who are known to have collaborated in 1429 when together they painted and gilded the chapel of St Domnius in Split Cathedral."