Description This "tondo" (round painting) depicts the "Virgo lactans," the Latin term for the nursing Virgin Mary. The image testifies to the humanity of Christ as it shows that he consumed food like all other humans. Mary is seated on the ground--in this pose, she is known as the Madonna of Humility. The young Saint John the Baptist, Jesus' second cousin, gazes reverently at Christ. John the Baptist was the patron saint of Florence, and the painting comes from the Florentine artist Sandro Botticelli's workshop, suggesting the tondo was painted for a patron from that city. A "tondo" was not used as an altarpiece and could be hung in a private home.
|12/31/1969||Examination||examined for condition|
|1/01/1900||Examination||examined for condition|
|3/01/1946||Treatment||loss compensation; other; varnish removed or reduced|
|1/07/1958||Examination||examined for condition|
|4/27/1959||Treatment||coated; examined for condition; inpainted; surface cleaned|
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 31, as Botticelli]; 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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