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ID number:  BIRBI-60.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown Italian Artist
Title / Object name:  Madonna and Child Enthroned (centre), St John the Baptist, with above The Angel of the Annunciation (left), St Mary Magdalene, with above The Madonna Annunciate (right)
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  the 1360s/70s
Materials:  Tempera on wood
Measurements:  27.2 x 40.0 cm, triptych, including wings
Provenance:  Comte M. Pinci, Paris; Christie's, 1 April 1960 (lot 119), purchased by Agnew; purchased from Horace A. Buttery in May 1960 for £6,000.

The Virgin Mary, enthroned with the infant Christ, appears against a finely decorated gold ground. They are flanked to the left by Saint John the Baptist with a scroll proclaiming Behold the Lamb of God. To the right is Mary Magdalene shown covered by long hair in her role as a penitent. According to legend she discarded her worldly goods as a desert hermit, but her modesty was preserved. Above, the Virgin, to the right and the angel Gabriel, to the left, form an Annunciation scene. The panels formed a portable triptych for private devotional use.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Primitives to Picasso', Royal Academy, London, 1961, no. 3.

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