Madonna and Child

Paolo di Giovanni Fei Italian

Not on view

This independent panel of the Madonna nursing her child is among the masterpieces of fourteenth-century Sienese painting. It transforms a common, maternal activity into an icon of devotion and is painted with Fei's special feeling for decorative richness and technical refinement. The engaged frame is original, as are the gold-backed, glass medallions with images of the Annunciation, saints, and the head of Christ—a technique known as verre églomisé. The picture may originally have stood on an altar or hung in a domestic interior.

Madonna and Child, Paolo di Giovanni Fei (Italian, San Quirico, active by 1369–died 1411), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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