Madonna and Child with Angels

Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 603

Between the realms of heaven and earth, the Madonna of Humility, as she is called when seated on the ground, is positioned at the horizon of a sky filled with adoring angels. Among the layers of surface details are two remarkable angels freely tooled into the gold background as they crown the Madonna queen of heaven. The Christ Child is shown in a deep sleep—an allusion to his future sacrifice and death. It is one of the finest works by Pietro di Domenico, who was active in the region of the Marches. Exceptionally, the picture survives intact with its original engaged frame decorated with a continuous flower pattern and the artist’s signature.

Madonna and Child with Angels, Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano (Italian, Marchigian, active first quarter 15th century), Tempera on wood, gold ground

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