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Madonna and Child with the Four Evangelists
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Madonna and Child with the Four Evangelists

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Description Andrea di Bartolo was the son of the painter Bartolo di Fredi. Like most boys, he began his career in his father's workshop. Although scenes of the Madonna and Child flanked by saints are common, this inclusion of the four Evangelists and their symbols is rare, perhaps even unique. Mark with his lion and John with his eagle are to Mary's right; Matthew with his winged man and Luke with his ox kneel to her left. The infant Christ, who wears a beautiful transparent garment, raises his right hand in blessing and holds a European goldfinch, a symbol of the Resurrection, in his left hand. For more information on this piece, please see Zeri catalogue number 31, pp. 51-52.
  • The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
  • Illuminating the Word: Gospel Books in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004.
Provenance Marquess Filippo Marignoli, Rome and Spoleto, until 1898 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Marquess Francesco Marignoli, 1898 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, 1899 [mode of acquisition unknown] [1900 catalogue supplement: no. 3, as Duccio di Buoninsegna]; 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. 1400-1410 (Renaissance)
tempera and gold leaf on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Visible painted surface excluding modern gilded molding H: 33 7/16 x W: 21 5/8 x D: 1 3/16 in. (85 x 55 x 3 cm); Framed H: 31 x W: 30 1/4 x D: 3 1/2 in. (78.7 x 76.8 x 8.9 cm)

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