Madonna and Child with Saints James Major and John the Evangelist, altarpiece
Sano di Pietro
Here, the Virgin and infant Christ are seated on a throne with a cloth of honor draped behind them. The saints flanking the Virgin hold symbolic objects—James Major a pilgrim’s staff and John the Evangelist his book, referring to his authorship of the Fourth Gospel and the Book of Revelation. The goldfinch Jesus holds anticipates his future sacrifice. According to one legend, the birds acquired their distinctive red spots after one plucked a thorn from Christ’s crown and was splashed with blood.
Tempera and gold on panel
Central panel: 56 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. (143.5 x 65.4 cm)
Left panel: 52 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (133.4 x 39.4 cm)
Right panel: 52 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (133.4 x 39.4 cm)
Frame: 64 3/8 x 63 1/2 in. (163.5 x 161.3 cm) (show scale)
Gift of A. Augustus Healy
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Sano di Pietro (Italian, Sienese, 1405-1481). Madonna and Child with Saints James Major and John the Evangelist, altarpiece, early 1460s. Tempera and gold on panel, Central panel: 56 1/2 x 25 3/4 in. (143.5 x 65.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of A. Augustus Healy, 06.80 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 06.80_SL3.jpg)
framed, 06.80_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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