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Madonna and Child with Saints James Major and John the Evangelist, altarpiece

Sano di Pietro

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
This is one of the largest known altarpieces by Sano di Pietro in an American collection. It curiously includes just two saints—James Major (left) and John the Evangelist (right)—flanking the Madonna and Christ, rather than the customary four. The outward gaze of Saint John the Evangelist, here endowed with golden hair, has led some scholars to propose that two additional panels were originally included in this polyptych, or multipanel work.
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, West, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of A. Augustus Healy
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 06.80_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE framed, 06.80_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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