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.
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