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Virgin Adoring the Christ Child with Two Attendants

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Virgin Adoring the Christ Child with Two Attendants

Artist: Pseudo Pier Francesco Fiorentino (Italian, active c. 1460-1500)
Culture: Italian
Date: c. 1475
Medium: Tempera, oil, and gold leaf on panel
Dimensions:
15 7/8 x 12 7/8 inches (40.3 x 32.7 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Susan E. Levy and Richard W. Levy
Label Text:This small panel depicts the Virgin Mary as she contemplates the Christ child resting on a richly decorated cushion. He wears a necklace and bracelets made of coral, a symbol of protection, regeneration, and rebirth. With their elaborate gold halos, the Virgin and Child fill the frame, commanding the focus of the viewer, who originally would have observed the painting in a private domestic setting, like the Madonna of Humility to the left. Mary and the two attendants filling the shallow background would have served as examples of devoted and steadfast worship for the faithful viewer to follow.

The name of this painter refers to a contemporary Florentine artist, Pier Francesco Fiorentino, whose images of the Virgin and Child were frequently copied and mass produced in workshop environments.
Provenance: Frederick Mason Perkins, Italy [1874-1955]; by inheritance in 1955 to Sacro Convento di San Francesco, Assisi, Italy. Purchased January 19, 1984 through (Sotheby's, lot 91) by Richard L. Feigen & Co, NY. Richard W. and Susan E. Levy by 1984; gift 2000 to Duke University Museum of Art, now Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 2000.22.1