Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist; Matteo di Giovanni, Sienese, b. (c.1428) - d. 1495; c. 1...


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. This artwork is featured in: <a href=""target="_blank">'ACU Art Collection: A new perspective',</a>2020, p. 16


Matteo di Giovanni, Sienese, 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.

Named Collection

ACU Historical Collection - Painting

Object Type


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