Many patrons sought during the 1420s sought to commission work from Fra Angelico.  In 1429, the penitential confraternity of San Francesco, which met in the cloister of Santa Croce, paid Fra Angelico ('frate Guido') for its altarpiece.

This triptych, often called the Compagnia di San Francesco Altarpiece, was commissioned for the convent of Santa Croce, Florence, in about 1429.

The Certosa del Galuzzo Altarpiece was commissioned by the Compagnia di San Francesco for the [convent?] of Santa Croce in Florence.   It therefore sometimes called the Compagnia di San Francesco Altarpiece.   (Note: Fra Angelico painted a second Franciscan altarpiece, the Bosco ai Frati Altarpiece, approximately twenty years later.) 

The altarpiece was cut apart at some point in its history.  The central and side panels are all in the Museo di San Marco, Florence.  The five predella panels, however, are dispersed among three European collections, with one panel in Altenburg, Germany; one in Rome; and three in Berlin, Berlin.  


Virgin and Child, with 4 saints 
 c. 1429  

Certosa del Galuzzo Altarpiece
(or the Compagnia di San Francesco Altarpiece) 
c. 1429
Center panel (without cusp): 189 x 81 cm (6' 2" x 2' 8");
Side panels (each, without cusp): 170 x 79 cm (5' 7" x 2' 7")
Total width: 239 cm. (7' 10")
Museo di San Marco, Florence

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1: Cusps:  Annunciatory Angel; Trinity, Virgin Annunciate

2:  Left:  St. Jerome,  St. John the Baptist
     Center:  V&C, 4 saints
     Right: St. Francis of Assis, St. Onophrius

3: Predella: 5 panels depicting the life of St. Francis. 

(Life of St. Francis (5 panels) 

Predella
Life of St. Francis
[1440s ??]

The five predella panels depict scenes from the life of St Francis of Assisi.  They are as follows:

1. Trial by Fire (Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg)
2. Receiving the Stigmata (Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome)

3. Meeting of St Francis and St Dominic (Staatliche Museen, Berlin)
4. Apparition of St Francis at Arles (Staatliche Museen, Berlin)
5. Lamentation over St Francis (Staatliche Museen, Berlin)

   
The five predella panels are dispersed among three European collections.   One panel is in Altenburg, Germany; a second is in Rome.   The remaining three are all in Berlin, (at the Staatliche Museen). 



Trial by Fire 
28 x 31 cm (11" x 1')
(Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg)

Receiving the Stigmata
(St. Francis receives the stigmata)
28 x 33 cm (11" x 1' 1")
(Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome)




Meeting between Sts. Francis and Dominic
Staatliche Museen, Berlin




Apparition at Arles
Apparition at Arles
26 x 31 cm. (10" x 1')
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

WGA: Note:  The Apparition of St Francis at Arles is considered especially noteworthy for its deep architectural setting, its luminary effects and its atmospheric perspective.



Lamentation over St. Francis    (Lamentation over St. Francis) 
29 x 70 cm  (11" x 2' 4")
(Staatliche Museen, Berlin) text