European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin and Child; Man of Sorrows
DiptychMade in Fabriano, Italy, Europe
Allegretto di Nuzio, also called Allegretto Nuzi, Italian (active Fabriano and Florence), first documented 1345, died 1373
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain
Cat. 118John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThe 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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