Attributed to Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni) / The Intercession of Christ and the Virgin / early 15th centuryAttributed to Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni)
The Intercession of Christ and the Virgin
early 15th century

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Creator Name: Monaco (Piero di Giovanni), Lorenzo
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Italian, active 1390-1423
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Lorenzo Monaco (Piero di Giovanni)
Title: The Intercession of Christ and the Virgin
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1433
Creation Date: early 15th century
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting-Canvas
Materials and Techniques: tempera on canvas
Dimensions: 94 1/4 x 60 1/4 in. (239.4 x 153 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 53.37
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1953

Christ and the Virgin are shown pleading with God the Father for mercy on behalf of eight small figures, perhaps members of a prominent Florentine family. In the tradition of hieratic scale, the divine figures are portrayed many times larger than the mortals, who kneel in adoration and prayer. Pointing to the wound in his side, Christ says, 'My Father, let those be saved for whom you wished me to suffer the Passion.' The Virgin, holding one of her breasts, pleads, 'Dearest son, because of the milk that I gave you, have mercy on them.' The axis of God the Father, the dove of the Holy Spirit, and the kneeling Christ also represents the Trinity. The drama of the bold devotional image, with a geometric composition typical of Florentine painting of the later fourteenth century, was heightened by its original placement inside the entrance of the cathedral, where it faced the length of the vast interior.

AMICA ID: MMA_.53.37
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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