European Art: 14th-16th Centuries

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Madonna and Child with Two Cherubim, c. 1475-80

Antoniazzo Romano

Italian, c. 1452-1508-9
Tempera on panel
21 x 16-1/2 in. (53.3 x 41.9 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Antoniazzo Romano contributed a sense of spaciousness and naturalism to this traditional depiction of the "Mater Amabilis," the Virgin who introduces the Christ Child. She is clothed in a blue mantle with green lining and a red robe, colors indicative of faith, hope and charity. The symbol of the "Stella Maris," the gold star, can be clearly seen on the Virgin's left shoulder. The small size of this panel indicates its use as a devotional object, perhaps in a private home.

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