Armadio -  WGA   

The "Silver Chest" 

Annunziata Silver Chest, c. 1450-52. Museo di San Marco


See MSM site;

See Casa Santapia site (very helpful).

See Wikipedia (Italian) page: list of scenes; also Baldovinetti panels. 

Wikimedia (Commons)

Also:  Try Pope-Hennessy book (1981). 

Aiwaz: 

Forty one panels for the door of a cabinet for votive offerings in Santissima Annunciata in Florence. Panels were painted by Alesso Baldovinetti, Fra Angelico and his workshop. This was probably a commission from Piero de’ Medici in 1448.

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Fra Angelico was commissioned for a massive painted cabinet to protect the precious silver votive offerings at Santissima Annunziata, among the most venerable churches in Florence.

The Armadio degli Argenti (Silver Chest) may have been the most visible of the friar's work by virtue of the site for which it was made. Santissima Annunziata was the motherhouse of the Servites, founded by St Filippo Benizzi (c. 1233-1285), the only religious order that originated in Florence. The sacrality of the church was augmented further when, as legend recounted, an angel completed the fresco of the Annunciation in 1252. By the early fifteenth century, the Annunciation had become the centre of a major cult, receiving donations of precious silver. In the late 1440s, Michelozzo renovated Santissima Annunziata at the behest of Piero de' Medici to accommodate the throngs of worshippers who flocked to behold the sacred image. To safeguard the silver offerings to the Annunciation, Piero commissioned a wooden cabinet, the movable shutters of which Fra Angelico painted.

Angelico's series depicting scenes from the life of Christ consisted of 40 paintings of equal size (38,5 x 37 cm) and one additional double-sized painting. From the 41 paintings 6 were lost during the centuries. From the 35 paintings conservated in the Museo di San Marco 3 can be attributed to Baldovinetti, all the others are the work of Fra Angelico.



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[Paintings for the Armadio degli Argenti (c. 1450)]

Life of Christ panels, in the Armadio degli Argenti, c. 1450 


Wheel of Ezekiel -

1451-52
Tempera on panel, 39 x 39 cm  (1' 3" x 1' 3")
Museo di San Marco, Florence


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From Museum of San Marco:

Armadio, c. 1450:  

Get each set:  Open Catalog page; put in relevant number (without the A);

Set 1:  Ezekiel's Vision of the Mystic Wheel and Annunciation to Jesus with the Doctors in the Temple  (9 panels); 123 x 123 cm. (4' x 4') 

(But if Wheel = 15" (then 9x15 = 135" = 11' 3" ?)   

Aiwaz:  Armadio degli Argenti: Vision of Ezekiel of the Mystic Wheel

about 1450
Tempera on panel, 38.5 x 37 cm
Florence, Museo di San Marco
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http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/catalogo/scheda.asp?nctn=00191187&rvel=7

experi - Flight into Egypt

Note:  Ezekiel panel is 38.5 x 37 cm. 



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By Alessio Baldovinetti (1425-1499):

Marriage at Cana
Baptism of Christ
Transfiguration


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WGA and Wikipedia:


3: Florence: Armadio (panels): 

Life of Christ panels, in the Armadio degli Argenti, c. 1450

Annunciation

Flight into Egypt

Massacre of the Innocents

Circumcision


Communion of the Apostles

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Vision of Ezekiel


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Panel 2:

Set of 6: 

The paintings shown from the lower left side:

Resurrection of Lazarus / Entrance to Jerusalem

Washing of the Feet  / Communion of the Apostles

Capture of Christ /  Christ before Caiafas 

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Set of 6:  

The paintings shown from the lower centre:

Last Supper  /  Payment of Judas

Prayer in the Garden / Betrayel of Judas

Mocking of Christ  /  Christ at the Column



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[Paintings for the Armadio degli Argenti (c. 1450)]

(Italian Wikipedia - early life and list of scenes;

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From WGA: 

There are 35 small paintings of the same size showing episodes from the New Testament. They constituted part of a bigger structure (paintings for the Armadio degli Argenti) consisting of 40 paintings of equal size (38,5 x 37 cm) and one additional double-sized painting. From the 41 paintings 6 were lost during the centuries. From the 35 paintings conservated in the Museo di San Marco 3 can be attributed to Baldovinetti, all the others are the work of Fra Angelico.

The paintings shown from the lower left side:

Resurrection of Lazarus

Entrance to Jerusalem

Washing of the Feet

Communion of the Apostles

Capture of Christ

Christ before Caiafas

Note:  Latin texts from the Old and New testaments are inscribed on scrolls unfurled above and below the episodes. They were added later, not by Angelico, when all of the scenes were complete.