22 August 2019Share
Depiction of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child with Wisdom
Accompanied by St. Joseph and St. Mary MacKillop in the style of Taddeo di Bartolo.
This ACU commissioned triptych is the first full-size altar piece created in the Medieval Italian Sienese style in over 400 years.
CHIARA PERINETTI CASONI
Triptych of our Lady Seat of Wisdom
Three panels in poplar wood, complete with frames columns, hand-chiselled capitals and relief ornaments, fully gilded in 24 – carat gold leaf.
H 188cm X W 132.5cm
Created by Chiara Perinetti Casoni, an eminent Italian artist based in Siena, this Triptych was created in the traditional Sienese style using ancient materials and techniques, including centuries old wooden panels, powdered lapis lazuli for blue and real gold.
The Medieval Sienese art style flourished between 13th and 15th centuries and is celebrated for its decorative style and rich colours depicting elegant figures within a religious context.
The Triptych has three distinctive panels: the centre panel depicting Mary Seat of Wisdom (Patron of Catholic universities worldwide), flanked on either side by St Joseph (Patron of the Sisters of Saint Joseph) and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. As St Mary always wore a traditional religious habit, there is no artistic difficulty in including her in a medieval composition.
The work is permanently displayed behind the altar in the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at ACU’s North Sydney Campus.