Madonna and Child with Saints James Major and John the Evangelist, altarpiece
Sano di Pietro
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.
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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