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Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels

Workshop of Bernardino Luini

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
This accomplished studio production, after Bernardino Luini’s celebrated altarpiece in the Basilica of San Magno in Legnano (near Milan), was destined for a church altar. The Christ Child is depicted here holding a crystal sphere, which identified him to Renaissance audiences as lux mundi, the light of the world.

In Renaissance Italy, celebrated altarpieces were replicated by artists for private clients and churches. Luini and his studio assistants were sought after in sixteenth-century Milan for their large religious paintings defined by graceful classical forms and delicate colors.
MEDIUM Oil on poplar panel
  • Place Made: Italy
  • DATES mid-16th century
    DIMENSIONS 96 3/4 x 54 1/16 in. (245.7 x 137.3 cm) Frame: 106 1/2 x 69 x 6 1/2 in. (270.5 x 175.3 x 16.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 16.441
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Martin Joost, Frank S. Jones, L. W. Lawrence, Dick S. Ramsay, John T. Underwood, Henry H. Benedict, Herman Stutzer, F. Healy, Horace J. Morse, Luke V. Lockwood, Henry L. Batterman, Edward C. Blum, Frank L. Babbott, William H. Crittenden, W.C. Courtney, Frederic B. Pratt, H. I. Pratt, Alfred T. White, E. LeGrand Beers, C. D. Pratt, C. J. Peabody, Wallace A. Putnam, and A. Augustus Healy
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    CAPTION Workshop of Bernardino Luini (Italian, Milanese School, circa 1480-1532). Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels, mid-16th century. Oil on poplar panel, 96 3/4 x 54 1/16 in. (245.7 x 137.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Martin Joost, Frank S. Jones, L. W. Lawrence, Dick S. Ramsay, John T. Underwood, Henry H. Benedict, Herman Stutzer, F. Healy, Horace J. Morse, Luke V. Lockwood, Henry L. Batterman, Edward C. Blum, Frank L. Babbott, William H. Crittenden, W.C. Courtney, Frederic B. Pratt, H. I. Pratt, Alfred T. White, E. LeGrand Beers, C. D. Pratt, C. J. Peabody, Wallace A. Putnam, and A. Augustus Healy, 16.441 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.441_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 16.441_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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