Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels

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

Date: ca. 1440

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 reads: "Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits." (Ecclesiasticus 24:19) The picture is the center of an important triptych. Lippi was the most innovative painter in Italy and closely attentive to Netherlandish painting: notable here is his varied study of light and the active pose of the child, perhaps inspired by the sculpture of Donatello.