Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels

Lippo Memmi (Filippo di Memmo) Italian

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The Madonna and Child are flanked by diminutive figures of Saints John the Baptist and Francis of Assisi while the nine choirs of heavenly angels—as described by the fifth-century neo-platonic writer known as the Pseudo-Dionysius—ornament the pinnacle. Other saints are shown in an arcade. Lippo attains a refinement of execution equal to that of his famous brother-in-law Simone Martini. The panel formed a diptych with a Crucifixion (Musée du Louvre, Paris). Its frame is modern.

Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels, Lippo Memmi (Filippo di Memmo) (Italian, Sienese, active by 1317–died 1356), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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