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The Cover
December 8, 1999

A Miracle of St Nicholas

JAMA. 1999;282(22):2100. doi:10.1001/jama.282.22.2100

He was a peripatetic painter, a tireless innovator, an inventive narrator, a Picasso of the Middle Ages. He pushed the envelope of Late Gothic to its limits. His hand was gentle, his reputation the greatest, and his works, though few, are among the finest of the International Gothic style (JAMA cover, November 17, 1999). His generally acknowledged masterpiece, because it influenced the Italian Renaissance style more than any other work, is The Adoration of the Magi, the so-called Strozzi altarpiece, which he completed in Florence in 1423. Vasari, on the other hand, calls the altarpiece he completed for the Church of S Niccolo sopr'Arno in Florence in 1425 the finest of his works. He was Gentile da Fabriano (c 1370-1427), also known as Gentile di Niccolò di Giovanni Massi and Gentile di Nicolò Masi. Four of the Church of St Nicholas predella panels are in Rome, while the fifth, A Miracle of St Nicholas (cover), is in the United States at the National Gallery of Art.

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