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Madonna and Child with Saints Francis of Assisi, John the Baptist, Peter and Dom
Madonna and Child with Saints Francis of Assisi, John the Baptist, Peter and Dominic

second half of the 14th century
30 x 86 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (76.2 x 219.7 x 16.5 cm)

Nardo di Cione
Italy (active active 1343 - 1365-1366)

Full Title:Madonna and Child with Saints Francis of Assisi, John the Baptist, Peter and Dominic
Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on panel
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1957.4
Location: Currently on view
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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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S. Reiningshausen, Vienna; Francois Kleinberger (dealer), Paris, 1925; Marczell von Nemès (1866-1930), Munich; his sale, Frederik Muller & Cie, Amsterdam, June 16, 1931; purchased at that sale by Paul Drey (dealer); confiscated from the Drey Gallery, Vienna, by the Nazi government; discovered stored in a salt mine after the war and returned to Drey; purchased from his heirs by the Gallery in 1957

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