Madonna and Child with Saints

Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601

This multipanel altarpiece (polyptych) was painted to decorate a chapel in a church belonging to the Augustinian order, possibly in Cortona. Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, canonized in 1446, appears on the far right wearing the Augustinian habit. The altarpiece would have been completed with five pinnacles showing the evangelists and Christ, a base (predella) showing the history of Saint John the Baptist, and pilasters with small figures of saints. The highly stylized figures and gold background mimic an older artistic approach, indicating Giovanni’s preference for the work of his great fourteenth-century forebears.

#5197. Madonna and Child with Saints

Madonna and Child with Saints, Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia) (Italian, Siena 1398–1482 Siena), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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