Exhibitions: Renaissance Paintings

Jacopo Torriti: Head of the Madonna

Jacopo Torriti (Italian, documented in Rome 1291–96). Head of the Madonna, 1296. Mosaic. Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and the Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, 23.26

This mosaic is a rare fragment from the funerary monument of Pope Boniface VIII (1235–1303). Recently attributed to Jacopo Torriti, who played an important role in the innovations of expressiveness and humanity that characterized late thirteenth-century art, this fragment represents the culmination of his achievement. Only two mosaic fragments from his tomb are known to survive: this head of the Madonna, and the Christ Child now in the State Pushkin Museum in Moscow.