Madonna and Child with Six Saints

Pesellino (Francesco di Stefano) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 635

Pesellino specialized in delicately executed small-scale paintings ideal for private study or to carry for private devotion. Remarkably, despite their small size, the figures are described with a mastery that opens a new chapter in Florentine painting. Left to right the saints are: Anthony Abbot, Jerome, Cecilia, Catherine of Alexandria, Augustine, and George. The figure types and lighting reveal the influence of Fra Filippo Lippi, with whom Pesellino occasionally collaborated.

Madonna and Child with Six Saints, Pesellino (Francesco di Stefano) (Italian, Florence ca. 1422–1457 Florence), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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