Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels

Fra Filippo Lippi Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 603

The Virgin Mary, known as "the rose without thorns" for having been born free of original sin, holds the symbolic flower while sitting upon the Throne of Wisdom. The scroll held by an angel reads: "Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits" (Ecclesiasticus 24:19). The picture was originally the centerpiece of an important triptych. Lippi was the most innovative painter in Italy and was closely attentive to Netherlandish painting. Notable here is his varied study of light and the active pose of the child, perhaps inspired by the sculpture of Donatello.

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels, Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian, Florence ca. 1406–1469 Spoleto), Tempera and gold on wood, transferred from wood

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