Ugolino da Siena / Virgin and Child with Saints / early 1320sUgolino da Siena
Virgin and Child with Saints
early 1320s

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Creator Name: Ugolino di Nerio
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1875 - 1947
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Ugolino da Siena
Title: Virgin and Child with Saints
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1320
Creation End Date: 1325
Creation Date: early 1320s
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on wood
Dimensions: Framed: 123cm x 191.5cm x 8.5cm, Overall: 122.5cm x 192.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1961.40
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Provenance: (F. Mont, New York)
Context: The Virgin Mary tenderly holds the infant Christ who reaches up to touch her face. The trangular painting directly above (called a pinnacle) shows Christ crucified. The combination of an image of Christ's infancy with one of his death reflects the popular belief that the Virgin realized and contemplated her son's destiny, as should the viewer.Latin inscriptions identify the four flanking saints, some of whom are recognizable by their attributes. Saint Francis (far left) bears stigmata on his hands; John the Baptist (left) wears the animal skins from his time in the wilderness; and Mary Magdalene (far right) carries the jar of perfume with which she anointed Christ. Only two of the saints in the pinnacles above are securely identifiable. St. Peter holds the keys of heaven and St. Paul the sword with which he was beheaded. By showing the principal figures in half-length (in what is called a dossal altarpiece), the artist gives them a directness and intimacy as they confront the viewer.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1961.40
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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