Madonna and Child with Angels

Artist: Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano (Italian, Marchigian, active first quarter 15th century)

Date: 1420

Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground

Dimensions: Overall, with engaged frame, 34 5/8 x 26 1/4 in. (87.9 x 66.7 cm); painted surface 30 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (77.8 x 56.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.201

Description

This exquisite painting dates about 1420 and is notable for the refinement of its tooled and freehand work on the gold ground. The picture alludes to the Madonna’s humility (seated on grass); as Queen of Heaven (the angels tooled into the gold background suspend a crown over her); and as the beloved enclosed in a garden. She unveils her sleeping child—an allusion to his future sacrifice and death. It is one of the finest works by Pietro di Domenico, who was active in the region of the Marches.

Exceptionally, the picture survives intact with its original engaged frame decorated with a continuous flower pattern and the artist's signature.

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