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ID number:  BIRBI-44.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Matteo, di Giovanni (c.1430?-1495)
Title / Object name:  Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist and St Michael the Archangel
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1485/95
Materials:  Tempera on wood
Measurements:  57.9 x 40.4 cm
Provenance:  Bishop of Danzig (before 1850); Henry Farrer, 1857; H. Willet; S. Herman de Zoete, 1885; Pierpoint Morgan; purchased from the Pierpoint Morgan sale at Christie's in 1944 for £5,460.

John the Baptist, to the left, points to the infant Christ. His banner proclaims ECCE AGNUS DEI - ‘Here is [the lamb] of God’. John wears the camel-hair robe which signifies his role as the preacher in the desert who proclaimed the coming of Christ.

Artists in the city of Siena where Matteo worked employed a rich and decorative style. Here, fine tools were used to create decorative patterns in the gold ground and the elaborate textiles enhance a richly jewelled effect.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Art Treasures of Great Britain', Manchester, 1857, no. 95; 'Old Masters', Royal Academy, London, 1887, no. 169; 'Early Italian Art', New Gallery, London, 1893, no. 13; 'Pictures of the School of Siena', Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1904, no. 37; 'Italian Art and Britain', Royal Academy, London, 1960, no. 286; 'Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 years on', Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, 2007.

1 Related People

Matteo, di Giovanni
c. 1430?

1 Related Publications

Sienese quattrocentro painting
Pope-Hennessy, J.

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