Madonna and Child with Saints

Madonna and Child with Saints

Object Title:

Madonna and Child with Saints

Date:

1391

Artist:

Jacopo di Cione

Active:

Italian, active 1365 - 1398

Medium:

Tempera, gilding on panel

Dimensions:

76 1/2 x 81 x 4 3/4 in. (194.3 x 205.7 x 12.1 cm) Center panel: 53 3/4 x 27 in. (136.5 x 68.6 cm) Side panels: 49 x 24 in. (124.5 x 61 cm)

Credit Line:

Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1928 (2834)

Object Number:

2834

Description:

In this devotional painting of the Virgin Mary and Christ enthroned, Mary is depicted as the Mother of God, a common theme in Christian art. Christ, although the size of a child, seems to embody the entire Trinity, a concept corroborated by the goldfinch, the symbol of his Passion, in his left hand, and the blessing gesture of his right hand. Jacopo di Cione was deeply influenced by the advances in pictorial naturalism of other Italian artists such as Giotto and Duccio. He attempted to create a sense of linear perspective, particularly along the floor tiles of the central panel, and suggest the mass and volume of the figures through the delicate tonal modeling of their faces and robes.