Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist
This exquisite panel of notable realism and beauty depicts Mary in a semi-portrait situated in front of a hillside. A small church façade is nestled in amongst a forest setting. Mary, clothed in a green/blue cloth jacket is facing the viewer, her head inclined slightly with pensive expression. The infant Jesus, placed in Mary's arms, sits covered with a transparent veil interacting with St. John the Baptist. St. John the Baptist is depicted handing the baby Jesus a small golden crosier. He holds in his left hand an inscription "Ecce Agnus Dei". Low clouds move across an upper blue sky. This artwork is featured in: <a href="https://acu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/61ACU_INST/qpf7hm/alma991012951600502352"target="_blank">'ACU Art Collection: A new perspective',</a>2020, p. 16
Oil and tempera on softwood.
Verso old collection label
H 57.4cm x W 39.5cm
As an innovative artist he introduced into the painting a form of exciting realism that can be seen in the interaction of his characters. Matteo di Giovanni di Bartolo's work is represented in major public collections worldwide.
ACU Historical Collection - Painting