Madonna and Child in a Niche

Madonna and Child in a Niche

c. 1520s

attributed to Antonio del Ceraiolo

(Italian)

Oil on wood

Framed: 87 x 72 x 5.5 cm (34 1/4 x 28 3/8 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 59.5 x 43.9 cm (23 7/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

Holden Collection 1916.813

Description

This image of Madonna with the Christ Child on her lap has been extensively altered by restoration. During the Renaissance, it was important that the Christ Child's genitalia be exposed, for it declared that Christ is the humanization of God, that he experienced temptation, and that in his exposure, he was without shame. When it was repainted, a cloth was added to the image to cover the Christ Child's genitalia. In 1941 the removal of old overpaint returned the painting more closely to its original state.

See also
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on wood
Credit line: 
Holden Collection

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