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School of Nardo di Cione
Italian, active 1343 - d. 1365/1366

Madonna and Child with Saints Francis of Assisi, John the Baptist, Peter and Dominic, second half of the 14th century
Italian Painting
Tempera on panel
30 x 86 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (76.2 x 219.7 x 16.5 cm)

Marion Stratton Gould Fund,  57.4

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This altarpiece is painted in the style of Nardo di Cione, one of the most influential Florentine painters working in the decades following the plague, or Black Death, of 1348. In the central panel the Madonna holds the Christ Child, who bears a scroll with the beginning of the inscription "I am the light of the world." On the left, John the Baptist holds a scroll reading "Behold the Lamb of God" and points toward Christ; on the right, St. Peter displays the key to the kingdom of heaven and respectfully covers his hand to hold the Bible. On the far left and right of the polyptych, or multi-part painting, are Sts. Francis and Dominic, founders of the two most important mendicant monastic orders.

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