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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

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, East, 3rd Floor
Maso was one of the most gifted pupils and associates of Giotto (1267–1337). This triptych, intended for private devotion, is the only complete work of this size that can be attributed with certainty to his hand. Even at this scale, the figures have a Giottesque magnitude and solidity. Maso surrounds the central Madonna, enlarged and enthroned to emphasize her majesty, with a choir of twenty saints, whose number is implied by the neatly overlapping, tooled halos. This approach to representing depth, before the invention of perspective, reveals a simultaneous sophistication and naïveté. In a series of separate scenes, stacked one above the other on the wings of the triptych, the pictorial program recounts episodes of the Life of Christ, from the Annunciation to the Crucifixion.
MEDIUM Tempera and tooled gold on poplar panel in original engaged frame
  • Place Made: Italy
  • DATES ca. 1336
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, East, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.838
    CREDIT LINE 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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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.34.838_xrs_detail03.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (91%)
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