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Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist and Saint Michael the Archangel

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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John the Baptist, to the left, points to the infant Christ. His banner proclaims ECCE DEI – ‘Here is [the lamb] of God’. John wears the camel-hair robe which signifies his role as the preacher in the desert who proclaimed the coming of Christ. Artists in the city of Siena where Matteo worked employed a rich and decorative style. Here, a fine tool was used to create decorative patterns in the gold ground and the elaborate textiles enhance a richly jewelled effect.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

c.1485–1495

Medium

tempera on wood

Measurements

H 57.9 x W 40.4 cm

Accession number

44.2

Acquisition method

purchased, 1944

Work type

Painting


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