Madonna and Child with Six Saints

Artist: Pesellino (Francesco di Stefano) (Italian, Florence ca. 1422–1457 Florence)

Date: late 1440s

Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground

Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 8 in. (22.5 x 20.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950

Accession Number: 50.145.30


Pesellino specialized in delicately executed small-scale paintings. Despite their small size, the figures in this exquisite panel are constructed with a mastery that opens a new chapter in Florentine painting. Left to right the saints are: Anthony Abbot, Jerome, Cecilia, Catherine of Alexandria, Augustine, and George. The painting dates from the late 1440s and shows, in the figure types and lighting, the influence of Fra Filippo Lippi, with whom Pesellino occasionally collaborated.