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Madonna and Child, c. 1470-1480

Neroccio de' Landi

Italian, 1447-1500
Tempera and gold leaf on panel
18-1/8 x 12 in. (46.0 x 30.5 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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Little is known about the life and oeuvre of this Sienese painter and sculptor, a contemporary and workshop partner (for a short while) of Francesco di Giorgio.Judging from the paintings by Neroccio that have survived, his workshop focused chiefly on producing devotional images of the Madonna and Child, in both paintings and polychrome stucco reliefs, with little deviation from a standard pattern. Both Simon paintings have been dated to his middle-to-late period, where evidence of the early, linear Sienese tradition combines with his affinity for drawing from sculptural models, seen especially in the craggy St. John the Baptist in the larger of the two paintings. Both panels have suffered from age and a variety of conservation campaigns, but yet demonstrate the artist’s elegant style and soft-hued palette.

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