Madonna of Humility, portable altarpiece
Andrea di Bartolo
Like other portable triptychs, this work was made for private devotion. Although, as always, the Madonna and Child are central, here the painter portrays not an enthroned figure but, rather, one seated on the ground. There are several other examples of the type, known as the Madonna of Humility, in this gallery.
Andrea di Bartolo depicts Mary in a garden (a traditional symbol of the Virgin), shown only as a fringe of grasses and flowers on which she sits. The robes of the two saints have very finely painted drapery folds, but the Virgin’s has darkened with age and lost its three-dimensional definition.
Tempera and tooled gold on poplar panels
Central panel: 16 11/16 x 7 1/8 in. (42.4 x 18.1 cm)
Side panels: 15 15/16 x 3 1/4 in. (40.5 x 8.3 cm) (show scale)
On scroll of the Angel Annunciate: "AVE MA"
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Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott
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Andrea di Bartolo (Italian, Sienese, active by 1389, died 1428). Madonna of Humility, portable altarpiece, ca. 1410. Tempera and tooled gold on poplar panels, Central panel: 16 11/16 x 7 1/8 in. (42.4 x 18.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott, 34.839 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.839_SL3.jpg)
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Center Panel: Madonna of Humility
Pinnacle: Christ the Redeemer
Left wing: Saint Anthony Abbot; the Angel Annunciate
Right wing: Saint James Major; the Virgin Annunciate
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