European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin Returning to the House of Her Parents
Predella panel from an altarpiece executed in collaboration with Matteo di Giovanni, in San Pietro Ovile, Siena; companion predella panels are in the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 107), and the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. 814); the main panels are in San Pietro Ovile, SienaMade in Siena, Italy, Europe
Attributed to Giovanni di Pietro, also called Nanni di Pietro, Italian (active Siena), documented 1439-68, died before 1479
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain
Cat. 108John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThis panel shows an incident recounted in The Golden Legend (c. 1267), a collection of sacred stories by a priest named Jacobo da Voragine (1230–1298) living in Genoa. He describes the Virgin returning home to her parents' house with a group of young women after her wedding.
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