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Virgin and Child Enthroned and a Servite Friar, with Angels

Center panel and spandrels of an altarpiece

Pietro Lorenzetti, Italian (active Siena, Cortona, Assisi, Arezzo, and Florence), first documented 1306, last documented 1345

Geography:
Made in Siena, Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1319

Medium:
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain

Dimensions:
50 1/4 × 27 5/8 inches (127.6 × 70.2 cm) Center panel: 48 1/2 × 27 5/8 inches (123.2 × 70.2 cm) Left side spandrel: 9 3/4 × 9 7/8 inches (24.8 × 25.1 cm) Right side spandrel: 9 1/2 × 10 1/4 inches (24.1 × 26 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 310, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 91;EW1985-21-1,2

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917 (center panel); Purchased with the George W. Elkins Fund, the W. P. Wilstach Fund, and the J. Stogdell Stokes Fund, 1985 (spandrels)

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Label:

This work once formed the center section of a large altarpiece. The small man kneeling in prayer wears the robe and tonsured haircut of a monk or friar. His diminutive size, lack of a halo, and posture of reverence indicate that he is not a heavenly being. He is, in fact, the donor who commissioned this altarpiece, probably for the church of his own convent.

During recent conservation, fragments of the artist's signature were discovered at the bottom of the panel.


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