Madonna of Humility
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Lorenzo Monaco’s private devotional painting depicts the Madonna of Humility, in which Mary is depicted seated on the ground or on a cushion. According to medieval theology, humility was the source of all virtues, an appropriate metaphor for Mary as the Mother of God.
The picture apparently had some connection with the Medici family, the most powerful Florentine dynasty of the Renaissance. Its coat of arms—identified by the triangular arrangement of spheres, and used until 1466—is depicted on the frame.
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with engaged frame
33 1/4 x 18 7/8 in. (84.5 x 47.9 cm)
Frame: 45 3/4 x 26 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (116.2 x 67.9 x 14.6 cm) (show scale)
On base of frame: "AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA D." [Hail Mary Full of Grace]
Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott
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Lorenzo Monaco (Italian, School of Florence, ca. 1370/71-1424). Madonna of Humility, ca. 1415-1420. Tempera and tooled gold on panel with engaged frame, 33 1/4 x 18 7/8 in. (84.5 x 47.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott, 34.842 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.842_SL3.jpg)
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