Triptych: Madonna with Saints and Christ Blessing (Center); The Nativity and the Annunciate Angel (Left Wing); Crucifixion and the Virgin Annunciate (Right Wing)
Maso di Banco
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This triptych, intended for private devotion, is the only complete work of this size that can be attributed with certainty to the hand of Maso di Banco. The central Madonna, enlarged and enthroned to emphasize her majesty, is surrounded by a choir of twenty saints, indicated by the neatly overlapping, tooled halos. This is a clever approach to representing depth, before the invention of perspective.
Tempera and tooled gold on poplar panel in original engaged frame
Center panel: 30 1/8 x 11 3/4 in. (76.5 x 29.8 cm)
Wings: 17 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. (45.1 x 13 cm) (show scale)
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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Maso di Banco (Italian, Florentine School, 1341-1346). Triptych: Madonna with Saints and Christ Blessing (Center); The Nativity and the Annunciate Angel (Left Wing); Crucifixion and the Virgin Annunciate (Right Wing), ca. 1336. Tempera and tooled gold on poplar panel in original engaged frame, Center panel: 30 1/8 x 11 3/4 in. (76.5 x 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary Babbott Ladd, Lydia Babbott Stokes, and Frank L. Babbott, Jr. in memory of their father Frank L. Babbott, 34.838 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.838_SL3.jpg)
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Center panel: Virgin and Child with Twenty Saints
Center pinnacle: God the Father
Light wing: Angel Annunciate; The Annunciation to the Shepherds; The Nativity
Right wing: Virgin Annunciate; Crucifixion
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