Virgin Returning to the House of Her Parents

Predella panel from an altarpiece executed in collaboration with Matteo di Giovanni, in San Pietro Ovile, Siena; companion predella panels are in the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 107), and the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. 814); the main panels are in San Pietro Ovile, Siena

Attributed to Giovanni di Pietro, also called Nanni di Pietro, Italian (active Siena), documented 1439-68, died before 1479

Geography:
Made in Siena, Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1455

Medium:
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain

Dimensions:
9 1/2 x 18 1/8 inches (24.1 x 46 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location:

* Gallery 212, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 108

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
This panel shows an incident recounted in The Golden Legend (c. 1267), a collection of sacred stories by a priest named Jacobo da Voragine (1230–1298) living in Genoa. He describes the Virgin returning home to her parents' house with a group of young women after her wedding.


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