Virgin and Child, with Saints Apollonia and Sebastian


David Ghirlandaio (David Bigordi), Italian (active Florence), 1452 - 1525

Made in Florence, Italy, Europe


Tempera and gold on panel

54 1/2 x 51 1/2 inches (138.4 x 130.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

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

Accession Number:
Cat. 65

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This is a typical Renaissance altarpiece in which saints and the Virgin and Child appear in a unified space. In Italian this type of arrangement is called the sacra conversazione (sacred conversation). The painter, David Ghirlandaio, worked in a family enterprise headed by his more famous brother Domenico.

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