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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, East, 3rd Floor
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.
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
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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
    IMAGE overall, 06.80_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1939
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