Madonna and Child Enthroned

Master of Monte Oliveto Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601

This triptych is by an unidentified artist who was deeply influenced by the great Sienese painter Duccio di Buoninsegna. The narrative scenes of the Passion of Christ—the events leading up to his crucifixion—are related to scenes on Duccio’s extraordinary Maestà, installed on the high altar of Siena’s cathedral in 1311. The saints in the arcade at the bottom of the central panel appear as they do in predellas for large altarpieces. This portable object provided a microcosm of those monumental paintings for private devotion.

Madonna and Child Enthroned, Master of Monte Oliveto (Italian, active Siena ca. 1305–35), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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