Madonna and Child

Luca Signorelli (Luca d'Egidio di Luca di Ventura) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604

Signorelli gave this painting to his daughter as a gift in 1507, possibly to celebrate the birth of a child. The artist was one of the protagonists of Renaissance painting and closely studied ancient art. This picture’s elaborate background draws inspiration from the ancient Roman Golden House of Nero. Discovered in the late 1400s, the home and its decorative motifs had a profound impact on the arts. Alongside this reference to Nero, one of the so-called Twelve Caesars of the Roman empire, the design includes the heads of emperors Domitian (upper left) and Caracalla (upper right).

#5070. Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child, Luca Signorelli (Luca d'Egidio di Luca di Ventura) (Italian, Cortona, active by 1470–died 1523 Cortona), Oil and gold on wood

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