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Virgin and Child; Man of Sorrows


Allegretto di Nuzio, also called Allegretto Nuzi, Italian (active Fabriano and Florence), first documented 1345, died 1373

Made in Fabriano, Italy, Europe

c. 1366

Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain

15 3/8 x 20 inches (39 x 50.8 cm) overall

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 210, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 118

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The infant Jesus holds a goldfinch. Fond of eating thistles and thorns, the bird is often shown as a reminder of Christ's later suffering at the time of his death, being forced to wear a crown of thorns.

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