Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist; Matteo di Giovanni, Siena, b. c. 1428 - d. 1495; c. 1490...


Australian Catholic University Art Collection


Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist

About this object

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.


Matteo di Giovanni, Siena, b. c. 1428 - d. 1495

Date Made

c. 1490

Medium and Materials

Oil and tempera on softwood.

Place Made

Siena, Italy

Inscription and Marks

Verso old collection label


H 57.4cm x W 39.5cm

Subject and Association Description

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

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