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Madonna and Child Enthroned Between Saints Lucy and Eligius, c. 1400-1499
Tempera on panel
54 7/8 in. x 38 1/8 in. (139.38 cm. x 96.84 cm.)

Creation Place: Europe, Italian
Technique: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961
Accession Number: P61.1.5

Commentary
In this image, the Madonna sits enthroned with the Christ Child, who stands on her right knee and plays with her gilded brooch. In the background, an angel gazes down on the pair while supporting a richly patterned curtain. Saint Lucy stands to the viewer's left, holding the oval mask that is the symbol of her martyrdom. Sain Eloi, a blacksmith, stands on the opposite side of the throne. He holds a single spike in one hand and an anvil, one of his saintly attributes, in the other. The text at the bottom of the work identifies the figures by name: Saint Lucy, Mary, and Saint Eloi.

The artist's careful manipulation of scale and compositional space draws our attention to the Virgin and Child, emphasizing their importance. Presented in hierarchical scale, the Madonna and Child are proportionally larger than the three subordinate figures; Christ, though infant, is nearly half the size of the adult saints. The placemnet of the two central figures on a raised dais, backed by the richly textured brocade, further focuses the composition and suggests a depth and substantiality that contrasts with the otherwise shallow picture space.

Attribution
Second attribution Maestro di Staffolo

Provenance
Kress Collection (K1162), 1939
Platt Collection, Englewood, New Jersey
Gift of Kress Foundation, 1961

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