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Christ Blessing

Nardo di Cione

European Art

Previously known only through a nineteenth-century engraving, this panel was discovered at a country auction in Dorset, England, in March 2000. Scholars then identified the panel as the missing pinnacle of Nardo di Cione’s altarpiece Madonna and Child with Saints Zenobius, John the Baptist, Reparata, and John the Evangelist, on view nearby. As the pinnacle to the larger panel, Christ Blessing would have been located directly above Madonna and Child with Saints.
MEDIUM Tempera and tooled gold on panel
  • Place Made: Italy
  • DATES mid 14th century
    DIMENSIONS 8 x 9 in. (20.3 x 22.9 cm) mount (in dedicated vitrine. Display dims): 30 × 22 × 6 3/4 in. (76.2 × 55.9 × 17.1 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by The Dave H. and Reba W. Williams Foundation, Healy Purchase Fund B, and the Mary Smith Dorward Fund, gift of George S. Hellman, by exchange
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Nardo di Cione (Italian, Florentine, active 1343–1356/1366). Christ Blessing, mid 14th century. Tempera and tooled gold on panel, 8 x 9 in. (20.3 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by The Dave H. and Reba W. Williams Foundation, Healy Purchase Fund B, and the Mary Smith Dorward Fund, gift of George S. Hellman, by exchange, 2000.27 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2000.27_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2000.27_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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