Description This monumental altarpiece, signed and dated by the artist in Latin below the Madonna's throne, was once in the now ruined church of Sant'Andrea in Ferrara. In front are Saint Michael, standing on a dragon and weighing human souls (as he will do at the Last Judgment), and Saint John the Baptist. Behind these stand Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Jerome. Mary's role as a symbol of the Christian Church is emphasized by her placement at the center of a temple-like building that opens up to a beautiful landscape. The simple and harmonious style of the painting was a means of expressing devotion.
- To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
Provenance Church of Sant'Andrea, Ferrara, until the late 19th century; Santini Collection, Ferrara, after 1875 [mode of aquisition unknown]; Tavazzi [dealer], Rome, 1902, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] On the marble step of the throne at the extreme left: MICHAELIS / CORTEL[L]INIS; [Date] After signature: MCCCCCIIIIII
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912
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