European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Virgin and Child Enthroned and Donor, Angels
Center panel and spandrels of an altarpeiceMade in Siena, Italy, Europe
Pietro Lorenzetti, Italian (active Siena, Assisi, Arezzo, and Florence), first documented 1306, last documented 1345
Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain
|John G. Johnson Collection, 1917 (center panel); Purchased with the George W. Elkins Fund, the W. P. Wilstach Fund, and the J. Stogdell Stokes Fund, 1985 (spandrels)|
This work once formed the center section of a large altarpiece. The small man kneeling in prayer wears the robe and tonsured haircut of a monk or friar. His diminutive size, lack of a halo, and posture of reverence indicate that he is not a heavenly being. He is, in fact, the donor who commissioned this altarpiece, probably for the church of his own convent.
During recent conservation, fragments of the artist's signature were discovered at the bottom of the panel.
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