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Novitiate Altarpiece Madonna enthroned with Saints ('Pala del Noviziato'). Wood, 196 x 196. The Medici family's patron saints, Cosmas and Damian, and two Franciscan saints, Francis himself and Anthony of Padua, are seated in front of shell-topped niches at the sides of the Virgin's throne. Along the top is a frieze of Medici palle. Originally the altarpiece of the Novitiate Chapel in the Franciscan church of Santa Croce, with a predella by Pesellino that is now divided between the Uffizi (the last three scenes) and the Louvre (the first two scenes). The chapel, donated by Cosimo de’ Medici and designed by Michelozzo, was finished by 1439, and the altarpiece was probably painted in the 1440s. It was removed from Santa Croce to the Accademia in the early nineteenth century and transferred to the Uffizi in 1919. Restoration in 2010 recovered much of the original brilliance of the colour, which had been dimmed by old oily varnish. The Louvre loaned its Pesellino panels to the Uffizi for a short time, so that the complete predella could be exhibited with the newly-restored altarpiece.