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Madonna Surrounded by Saints (The Aldobrandini Triptych)

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follower of Bernardo Daddi, Madonna Surrounded by Saints (The Aldobrandini Triptych), ca. 1336, tempera on wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.51

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Title

Madonna Surrounded by Saints (The Aldobrandini Triptych)

Artist

follower of Bernardo Daddi (Italian, active early 14th century)

Date

ca. 1336

Period

Early Renaissance (mid-14th-mid-15th century)

Medium

tempera on wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

37 1/2 in x 26 in x 3 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Florentine

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.51

Copyright

public domain

Terms

altarpieces

angels

Annunciation

coats of arms

Conversations About Art

crucifixion

Crucifixion of Christ

Madonna

Nativity

Object Stories

paintings

saints

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

tempera

triptychs

Virgin Mary

wood

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Description

Portable three-part altarpieces were used in private or domestic settings in early Renaissance Italy for personal religious devotions. This triptych was evidently associated with the Aldobrandini family, whose coat of arms appears on the base of the central panel. The gold background and the iconography, typical for the period, are inherited from the Byzantine tradition. In the central panel, the Madonna enthroned is surrounded by a series of saints, each identified by an attribute or symbol. Behind the saints, a row of music-making angels suggests divine harmony and a blessing Christ appears in the gable above. The left panel features the Nativity with an angel above it, and on the right, the Crucifixion of Christ with the Virgin of the Annunciation.

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