Caterino Veneziano / Madonna of Humility / late 1370sCaterino Veneziano
Madonna of Humility
late 1370s

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Creator Name: Caterino Veneziano
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1724 - 1796
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Caterino Veneziano
Title: Madonna of Humility
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1375
Creation End Date: 1379
Creation Date: late 1370s
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Tempera on panel
Dimensions: Framed: 91.5cm x 70cm x 4cm, Unframed: 79.6cm x 54.6cm
Inscriptions: Inscribed at bottom: ".SCA. MARIA. DEUM LITATE"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1963.500
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann
Provenance: Private Collection, Italy (Information supplied by Heinemann-- once cited as Prince Umberto of Italy)Thyssen, Schloss Rohoncz, Lugano (1930 collection catalogue)
Context: Seated on the ground as she nurses the infant Christ, the Virgin Mary is represented as the Madonna of Humility. Because it stressed simplicity and humanness, this scene was especially popular in Italian art. The divine nature of the subject is made clear by the inscription (in Latin) "Holy Mary, the milk of God," which indicates that the Virgin alone could bear and nurture the son of God.On the Virgin's dress is a blazing sun, beneath her feet is a crescent moon, and surrounding her are rays of light. These attributes allude to another aspect of the Virgin Mary-the powerful and queenly Woman of the Apocalypse.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1963.500
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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