Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE C: WORLD ART: Virgin and the Child with Saint Michael and Saint Blaise

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE C: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
Virgin and the Child with Saint Michael and Saint Blaise
Image View: 
Detail, Madonna and child on an architectonic throne
Creator: 
Neri di Bicci (Italian painter, 1418-1492)
Location: 
repository: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal, Québec, Canada) 1962.1374
Location Note: 
1380 Sherbrooke Street West; Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace
GPS: 
+45.4987-73.5801
Date: 
ca. 1475 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Italian
Style Period: 
Fifteenth century; Renaissance
Work Type 1: 
altarpiece
Work Type 2: 
panel painting
Work Type 3: 
predella
Classification: 
Paintings
Material: 
oil paint; tempera on wood panel
Technique: 
painting and painting techniques
Measurements: 
255.2 cm (height) x 254 cm (width) x 37 cm (depth)
Subjects: 
New Testament; saints; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint; Michael (Archangel)
Description: 
In the 1460s Neri began introducing the sort of illusionistically cast shadows found in this altarpiece. The inscription at the base of the main panel identifies the figures. The Virgin and Child are accompanied by Saint Blaise (holding an iron comb to untangle fibers, the symbol of his martyrdom) and the Archangel Michael (with a balance for souls). Kneeling at either side of the throne are the donors and, on the altarpiece’s predella (lower panel), is Christ rising from the sepulcher. At the left are Tobias with an angel, Saint Peter and the Virgin, and at the right are Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Lawrence and Saint Francis of Assisi, perhaps the patron saints of the donors, whose crests are at either side of the predella. (Source: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; http://www.mmfa.qc.ca/)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module C: World Art
Identifier: 
7A1-BICCI-VCSM-A02
Rights: 
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.