Virgin and Child with Four Angels and the Redeemer
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
As in many other panels hanging on this wall, the Madonna and Child are the main focus here. What distinguishes Zanobi Strozzi’s work from the others is the dynamic pose of the Christ Child. Strozzi’s Christ twists away from his mother, breaking the psychological bond that defines so many Renaissance altarpieces. The panel’s tabernacle frame—an architectural model designed to enshrine and elevate the image—is original, and possibly the oldest surviving example in a New York collection.
Tempera and tooled gold on panel
31 x 20 1/4 in. (78.7 x 51.4 cm)
Frame (Original): 59 1/4 x 36 1/2 in. (150.5 x 92.7 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed on base of frame: "AVE MARIA GRATIA PLENA DOMINVS TECVM BENEDICTA TV"
Inscribed on the book of the Redeemer: "A W"
Gift of Mrs. Arthur Lehman
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Zanobi Strozzi (Italian, Florentine, 1412-1468). Virgin and Child with Four Angels and the Redeemer, ca. 1450. Tempera and tooled gold on panel, 31 x 20 1/4 in. (78.7 x 51.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Arthur Lehman, 53.189 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.189_SL4.jpg)
overall, 53.189_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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