Saints and Scenes from the Life of the Virgin

Master of Monte Oliveto Italian

Not on view

These well preserved panels are the wings of a portable triptych, the center panel of which is still unidentified. The anonymous master worked outside Siena itself, but his scenes are based on those of Duccio’s famous altarpiece in the cathedral of the city. The left wing depicts three principal scenes from the life of the Virgin (her so-called "joys") while on the right wing is her coronation in heaven. The six saints—three males and three females—would have been chosen by the person for whom the triptych was painted.

Saints and Scenes from the Life of the Virgin, Master of Monte Oliveto (Italian, active Siena ca. 1305–35), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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