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Reconstruction of the missing panel of the Ghissi Altarpiece (ca 1370), commissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America, 2012

The original fourteenth century Ghissi Altarpiece consisted of nine panels showing the legend of Saint John the Evangelist. Over time the altarpiece was taken apart and the panels ended up in various collections, one of them disappeared. The North Carolina Museum of Art owns three ‘Ghissi panels’ and is planning an exhibition to reunite the eight surviving panels in a reconstructed altarpiece. The museum commissioned Charlotte to reconstruct the missing panel. This was possible because the story depicted on the panels accurately follows the Legenda Aurea, a collection of hagiographies probably compiled around the year 1260 by Jacobus de Voragine. Through a study of the text it was possible to determine the subject of the missing panel. For the composition and painting technique Charlotte studied the other Ghissi panels as well as Cennino Cennini’s treaty Il Libro dell’arte. Next to filling in the empty spot in the altarpiece, Charlotte’s reconstruction also gives an impression of the original appearance of the paintings.