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Madonna and Child with Saints
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Madonna and Child with Saints

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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.
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
1/17/1984Treatmentcradle 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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ca. 1510-1515 (Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 28 3/8 x W: 39 9/16 x Approx. D excluding cradle: 1/4 in. (72 x 100.5 x 0.7 cm)


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