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Madonna and Child with Angels

Giovanni di Paolo, Italian, (1399–1482)
previously attributed to Giacomo del Pisano, Italian, (active 1740–1783)

Creation date: ca. 1470
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Tempera Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam
Accession Number: 1944.80
State/Province: Siena
Dimensions: 18 1/2 in. x 14 1/2 in. (46.99 cm x 36.83 cm)
Currently on view

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One of the leading painters of 15th-century Siena, Giovanni di Paolo forged one of the most recognizably individual styles of any Renaissance artist. Adopting the stylization of the International Gothic rather than the naturalism more commonly found in paintings of the time, he turned away from conventional standards of beauty and created ethereal, unworldly images, especially in late works like this panel. It is painted in Giovanni’s typically limited range of colors. His treatment of subject matter, moreover, was as original as his style. Most 15th-century images of the Virgin and Christ Child emphasize the domestic, intimate interaction of the mother and child, but this composition presents instead a visionary scene, with the Virgin Mary shown in adoration of a Christ Child held by angels.
Last Updated: 7/22/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Permanent Collections exhibit , 00/00/00 - 3/27/1981

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 90

Julie Dunn, ed. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 133, Figure Number: 133

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 27, Figure Number: 27

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 343

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972
Page Number: 632

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 57, 58, Figure Number: 58

Dr. Alfred M. Frankfurter, ed. Art News The Art Foundation, Inc.. New York, New York, June 1947
Page Number: 30

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance—Central Italian and North Italian Schools Phaidon Publishers Inc.. New York, New York, 1968
Page Number: 167

Bernard Berenson. Italian Picture of the Renaissance—Central Italian and North Italian Schools Phaidon Publishers Inc.. New York, New York, 1968
Page Number: 617, Figure Number: 617


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