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Madonna and Child with the Young St. John the Baptist  1489

by Biagio d'Antonio

Half-length images of the Madonna and Child enjoyed great popularity in the domestic interiors of Renaissance Italy. This example makes especially clear that, in addition to their decorative function, these images could serve as the focus for daily prayer. The Christ Child stands upright on his mother’s knee and gazes directly at the viewer, to whom he offers a gesture of ...
H: 25 1/4 x W: 18 1/4 x D: 3/8 in. (64.2 x 46.3 x 1 cm)
tempera on wood panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum