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Madonna and Child with Six Saints

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Madonna and Child with Six Saints

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Tommaso del Mazza
Italian, active 1350–1415

Date

ca. 1390

Medium

Tempera on panel

Accession #

58.49

Dimensions

31 3/4 x 21 3/8 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204

Description

This religious panel painting shows a group of saints venerating a Madonna and Child seated on a body of clouds, surrounded by a frame of cherubic figures. The artist, an early Renaissance painter working in Florence named Tommaso del Mazza, included among the saints the rarely depicted St. Verdiana, represented at the bottom right of the painting as a nun holding a basket. The thirteenth-century saint is shown with two snakes, her distinguishing attribute, which recall her life as a recluse tormented by serpents.

Credit

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

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