Madonna and Child with Saints James Major and John the Evangelist, altarpiece
This altarpiece was completed with depictions of just two saints flanking the Madonna, rather than the more customary four. Saint James is shown with a pilgrim’s staff, though not with his other traditional attributes of a hat and seashells. Saint John the Evangelist, a young man with golden hair, carries as his attribute a book, referring to his authorship of the Fourth Gospel and the Book of Revelation.
Recent conservation treatment has revealed the refined qualities and vivid colors of the painting, as well as the decorative detailing of the textiles behind the Madonna and beneath her feet.
- Artist: Sano di Pietro, Italian, Sienese, 1405-1481
- Medium: Tempera and gold on panel
- Place Made: Italy
- Dates: early 1460s
- Dimensions: 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)
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, East, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 06.80
- Credit Line: Gift of A. Augustus Healy
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: 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
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)