Madonna and Child with Saints James Major and John the Evangelist, altarpiece
Sano di Pietro
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 saint—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.
Tempera and gold on panel
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)
Gift of A. Augustus Healy
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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
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