Description This grouping of the Virgin and Child with saints (Mary Magdalene, Jerome, an unidentified saint, and Sebastian) is known as a "sacra conversazione" (sacred conversation). Even though the figures are outdoors, a brocade drapery hangs down behind Mary and Jesus to mark their status as King and Queen of Heaven. The Lamb of God held by Christ is a symbol of his future sacrifice. This type of horizontal composition with half-length figures before a tranquil landscape was popular in northern Italian painting.
|12/31/1969||Examination||examined for condition|
|1/17/1984||Treatment||cradle removed; examined for condition; inpainted; other; varnish removed or reduced|
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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