Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels

Artist: Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian, Florence ca. 1406–1469 Spoleto)

Medium: Tempera and gold on wood, transferred from wood

Dimensions: Arched top, 48 1/4 x 24 3/4 in. (122.6 x 62.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Jules Bache Collection, 1949

Accession Number: 49.7.9


The Virgin holds a rose as the Bride of Christ and is seated on the Throne of Wisdom. The scroll held by an angel has a passage from Ecclesiasticus 24:19: "Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits." The picture is the center of an important triptych and dates from the years around 1440, when Lippi was the most experimental painter in Italy. Particularly notable is his varied study of light and the active pose of the child, perhaps inspired by the sculpture of Donatello.
See for a reconstruction of the altarpiece.