European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Purification of the Virgin
Predella panel from the altarpiece from the Compagnia di Santa Maria della Purificazione e di San Zanobi, Florence, contracted October 23, 1461; the main panels from the altarpiece are in the National Gallery, London (283); companion predella panels are in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II (132); the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan (475); the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin-Preussischer Kulturbesitz (60c); and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1086)Made in Florence, Italy, Europe
Benozzo Gozzoli (Benozzo di Lese di Sandro), Italian (active Florence and Pistoia), born c. 1421-22, died 1497
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain
Cat. 38John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelIn obedience to Jewish law, the newborn Christ is brought to the temple, where his mother is ritually purified by her offering of two turtle doves. The panel comes from a predella, or base, of an altarpiece commissioned in 1461 for the Florentine boys' club called the Confraternity of the Purification of the Virgin.
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