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Unknown Italian Artist

The Madonna and Child Enthroned (centre); Saint John the Baptist, with the Angel of the Annunciation (left); Saint Mary Magdalene, with the Madonna Annunciate (right)

Tempera on wood

Venice or Rimini, late 14th century

 

The Virgin Mary, enthroned with the infant Christ, appears against a finely decorated gold ground.

They are flanked to the left by Saint John the Baptist with a scroll proclaiming Behold the Lamb of God.  To the right is Mary Magdalene shown covered by long hair in her role as a penitent.  According to legend she discarded her worldly goods as a desert hermit, but her modesty was preserved.  Above, the Virgin, to the right and the angel Gabriel, to the left, form an Annunciation scene.  The panels formed a portable triptych for private devotional use.

 

Purchased 1960 (No.60.4)

Unknown Italian Artist, after Andrea del Sarto (1486 – 1530)

The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

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PIERRE PUVIS DE CHAVANNES (1824 – 1898)

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

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NERI DI BICCI (1418 – about 1492)

Saint John the Baptist Leaving for the Desert

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Matteo di Giovanni (about 1430 – 1495)

The Madonna and Child, with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Michael the Archangel

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