The Ryerson Diptych: Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels and Donor; The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Two Angels
Made in Acre
Tempera and gold on wood panels with gilded plaster pastiglia
For Each Wing: 15 × 11 5/8 in. (38.1 × 29.5 cm)
The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection (1933.1035)
Not on view
Pilgrims to the Holy Land could buy icons and other devotional objects at both holy sites and special shops in major cities. The purchaser of this icon, who is pictured to the left of the Virgin’s throne, likely bought the diptych in Acre, the last Crusader outpost in the Holy Land. Workshops there specialized in providing holy images, modeled on Byzantine paintings, to European Christians.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven," September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017.