Madonna and Child with Two Angels

Vittore Crivelli Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 537

This charming Madonna and Child employs some of the same pictorial devices used by Vittore's brother Carlo, building up the gold to create three-dimensional embellishments. The parapet is inscribed with Vittore's name and on it are placed a carnation (emblem of love), cherries (like the apple, symbol of original sin), and a devotional book. The Child holds a goldfinch, symbolic of the Passion of Jesus.

Madonna and Child with Two Angels, Vittore Crivelli (Italian, Venice, active by 1465–died 1501/2 Fermo), Tempera and gold on wood

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