Madonna of Humility, portable altarpiece
Andrea di Bartolo
This devotional triptych (a painting on three panels) was intended for use in a private chapel or a corner of the home. The Virgin is depicted sitting directly on the ground instead of on a throne, a so-called Madonna of Humility, which emphasizes her humble, relatable position as a mother. The triptych would not have hung flat on a wall but rather stood on its own base on a table, with its two sides opened at an angle to the central panel. The intimate scale and enclosing configuration invited pious viewers to immerse themselves in the sacred.
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"
Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott
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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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)
overall, 34.839_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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