European Art: 14th-16th Centuries

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Madonna and Child with Angels, c. 1350

Puccio di Simone

Italian, active c.1343-c.1362
Tempera on panel
38 x 22-1/2 in. (96.5 x 57.2 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1965.1.046.P

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Puccio’s Madonna and Child with music-making angels originally formed the center of a larger ensemble flanked by images of Saint Paul and Saint Sebastian. His style reveals a strong debt to Bernardo Daddi, a pupil of Giotto who became one of the most important painters in Florence during the first half of the fourteenth century. As opposed to following the miniaturist tendencies of his master, however, Puccio preferred squarely defined, substantive forms that inhabit space. He excelled in modeling the flesh of figures, which is tender and luminous, and in creating the vivid and loving expressions shared between the Madonna and the Infant Christ.

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