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Madonna and Child
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Madonna and Child

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Description The Virgin Mary, dressed in blue as Queen of Heaven, holds the Christ Child before her in an embrace that reinforces the stbility of the basically pyramidal composition. The nakedness of the infant Jesus highlights the miracle of the Incarnation (that God has become flesh and blood) as well as the artist's skill in depicting the little body naturalistically in the new style, while the gold cloth of honor draped behind the Virgin draws on the splendor of the earlier gold-ground tradition, which by the 1450s in Florence was quite conservative. The frame, imitating the type of "window" frame was became popular in Florence at mid century, was almost certainly made in the 19th century.
  • An Exhibition of the Treasures of The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York. 1967.
Provenance Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., Munich and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [listed in Zeri as A. S. Drey of Munich and New York]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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1456-1459 (Renaissance)
tempera and gold leaf on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Panel H including original engaged molding: 29 x W: 20 1/4 x Approx. D: 1 1/4 in. (73.7 x 51.4 x 3.2 cm); Painted surface H: 27 3/8 x W: 18 3/8 in. (69.5 x 46.7 cm)

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