Virgin and Child Adored by Saints Mary Magdalene and Nicolas of Bari; Christ Crucified with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist

Virgin and Child Adored by Saints Mary Magdalene and Nicolas of Bari; Christ Crucified with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist

1400s

Sano di Pietro

(Italian, 1406-1481)

Tempera and gold on wood

Image: 46 x 21.4 cm (18 1/8 x 8 7/16 in.); Framed: 58.2 x 28 x 4.8 cm (22 15/16 x 11 x 1 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. B. P. Bole, Mr. and Mrs. Guerdon S. Holden, Mrs. Windsor T. White, and the L. E. Holden Fund 1924.199

Description

The artist covered the sides and reverse of this panel with a thin layer of gesso (a type of plaster), allowing the texture of the rough wood to remain visible. He then painted it to resemble porphyry, a beautiful and valuable stone.

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