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Enthroned Virgin and Child, with Saints John the Evangelist, Catherine of Alexandria, and Anthony Abbot, and a Saint Reading a Book


Defendente Ferrari, Italian (active Piedmont), dated works 1510 - 1535

Made in Italy, Europe


Oil and gold on panel transferred to canvas

53 3/4 x 45 1/4 inches (136.5 x 114.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 306, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 276

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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While the balanced composition and the architecture of this work reflect refinements of Italian High Renaissance art, the figures of the Virgin and child are based on a painting by Netherlandish artist Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464).

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