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Madonna of Humility with Angels

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Agnolo Gaddi Italian, c. 1350-1396 Madonna of Humility with Angels mid 1390s Tempera on panel, 34 1/2 x 20 3/4 Bequest of Ninah M. H. Cummer C 130.1 Agnolo Gaddi was heir to the Florentine painting tradition of Giotto (1266-1337), the acknowledged father of the Italian Renaissance. Gaddi inherited his father's workshop, which he directed successfully until the end of the fourteenth century. This rare panel is one of the very few works completed entirely by Gaddi. The Madonna is shown suckling the Christ Child while seated on the floor with her head bowed. This humble portrayal of the Madonna became prevalent in fourteenth-century Italian painting and reflected the humanization of the Virgin Mary as a mother. The angels holding a crown over her head reveal that the Madonna is also the Queen of Heaven. Her beautiful blue mantle, lined in green and trimmed in gold, emphasizes this royal reference.

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