Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

Taddeo Gaddi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601

This important altarpiece was most likely painted for the church of Santo Stefano al Ponte, in Florence, by one of Giotto di Bondone’s closest pupils. Originally the figures were shown on individually framed arched panels, as was traditional with Gothic altarpieces. The work would have had pinnacles and a foundational base (predella). A century and a half later the Gothic elements, which by then would have been considered old-fashioned, were removed and the painting was updated in a rectangular frame in the Renaissance style that we see today. The spandrels between the panels were painted in the contemporary style by Davide Ghirlandaio.

#2674. Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, Taddeo Gaddi (Italian, Florentine, active by 1334–died 1366), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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