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Madonna and Child with Saints
  • Sassetta
    circa 1400–1450
    born: Republic of Siena (present-day Italy) ; died: Republic of Siena (present-day Italy) ; active: Republic of Siena (present-day Italy)
  • Madonna and Child with Saints, late 1400s
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • tempera, gold leaf on panel
  • Canvas/Support: 48.2 x 41.9 cm
    Canvas/Support: 19 x 16 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection
  • Not on display
  • 1960.0045
Label Text

Painted triptych. The far left panel depicts a full-length female saint in a green robe with a red and yellow mantle. She wears a crown and holds a palm frond in her right hand and a blue book in her left hand. Above her is a half-length angel in purple robes, in profile facing to the right. In the central panel the full-length female figure of the Virgin Mary in a blue mantle holds the Christ child, who is wrapped in a red drapery. She is seated and orange wings are visible behind her. The half-length, bearded figure of the adult Christ is above her. He raises his right hand, palm out, with two fingers extended in a gesture of blessing. He wears a blue robe with a red mantle and carries a red book in his left hand. In the far right panel the older, bearded St. Peter is dressed in a blue robe and a yellow mantle. He carries a red book in his left hand and a gold key in his right hand. Above him is the half-length figure of the Virgin Mary, who wears a red robe and a blue mantle. Together with the Angel Gabriel on the opposite side, she forms part of an Annunciation scene. All the figures depicted in the triptych have halos and are on a gold ground.