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Virgin and Child with Saints

Virgin and Child with Saints

c. 1320

Tempera and gold on wood panel

Framed: 122.2 x 200.3 x 8.9 cm (48 1/8 x 78 7/8 x 3 1/2 in.); Overall: 122.5 x 192.5 cm (48 1/4 x 75 13/16 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1961.40

Description

In medieval Italian churches, painted altarpieces served as the focal point for worshippers during the rituals of faith. The figures of Jesus, Mary, and eight saints are framed by a golden background that would have glistened in the flickering candlelight of the church.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Medieval Art
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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