Master of San Lucchese / Virgin and Child Enthroned / c. 1350Master of San Lucchese
Virgin and Child Enthroned
c. 1350

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Creator Name: Master of San Lucchese
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1480 - 1556
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Master of San Lucchese
Title: Virgin and Child Enthroned
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1345
Creation End Date: 1355
Creation Date: c. 1350
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: tempera and gold on wood
Dimensions: Framed: 122.5cm x 61cm x 7.5cm, Unframed: 113.7cm x 54cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1968.206
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Provenance: A. Artaud de Montor, Paris (1808, c. 1845); Challamel family, Paris; (Paris sale 1967); (Wildenstein)

Seated on an elaborate throne, the Virgin's weighty majesty emphasizes her role as the Queen of Heaven. At the same time, she holds the infant Christ tenderly and looks down warmly to the side. To the right flutters a goldfinch, which has just flown from Christ's upraised hand. Legend holds that a goldfinch, a bird that nests in thorny trees, removed a painful spine from Christ's crown of thorns. A drop of Christ's blood fell on the goldfinch, forever giving the bird it's red markings.

The artist's name is not known, although he was a highly trained professional. The painter is named after an altarpiece in the church of San Lucchese in Poggibonsi, near Siena. Because Cleveland's picture is identical in style, it is also attributed to that master.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1968.206
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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