Purification of the Virgin

Predella panel from the altarpiece from the Compagnia di Santa Maria della Purificazione e di San Zanobi, Florence, contracted October 23, 1461; the main panels from the altarpiece are in the National Gallery, London (283); companion predella panels are in the collection of Queen Elizabeth II (132); the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan (475); the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin-Preussischer Kulturbesitz (60c); and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1086)

Benozzo Gozzoli (Benozzo di Lese di Sandro), Italian (active Florence and Pistoia), born c. 1421-22, died 1497

Made in Florence, Italy, Europe


Tempera and tooled gold on panel with horizontal grain

9 3/4 x 14 5/16 inches (24.8 x 36.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location:

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

Accession Number:
Cat. 38

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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In obedience to Jewish law, the newborn Christ is brought to the temple, where his mother is ritually purified by her offering of two turtle doves. The panel comes from a predella, or base, of an altarpiece commissioned in 1461 for the Florentine boys' club called the Confraternity of the Purification of the Virgin.

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