Jacopo di Cione

La Vierge et l'Enfant en majesté entourés de saints

v. 1370-1380
Portable triptychs – three panels hinged together – were opened for personal prayer away from a church. The format guides the viewer by creating a hierarchy among the various holy subjects. Historic events in the life of the Virgin and Christ are placed on the wings. The Annunciation – the earliest subject – is appropriately at the top: the angel Gabriel gestures across space to the Virgin opposite him, while on the central panel, God blesses her. The Nativity and Crucifixion follow to the sides. These events are secondary to the central, timeless image: the Virgin and Child united together with saints from different periods and places. Perpetually together before Christ, the saints act as our intercessors to the divine.
Title
La Vierge et l'Enfant en majesté entourés de saints
Date
v. 1370-1380
Medium
Painting
Materials
tempéra à l'oeuf et feuille d'or sur bois, probablement du peuplier
Dimensions
triptych open: 76.5 x 69.2 cm; centre panel: 76.5 x 34.3 cm; side panels: 61.5 x 17.3 cm each
Nationality
Italie
Credit line
Acheté en 1963
Accession number
15000