Madonna and Child with Angels

Madonna and Child with Angels
Puccio di Simone (Italian, active c.1343-c.1362)
c. 1350
Tempera on panel 
38 x 22-1/2 in. (96.5 x 57.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

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.


Simon Thomas Scrope, Earl of Wiltes, Danby-on-Yore, Bedale, Yorkshire, by 1893, sold 1907 to;
R. Langton Douglas (1864-1951), London, sold by 1922 to;
Philip Lehman, New York.
Henry R. Ickelheimer (1868-1940), New York, by inheritance to;
Pauline Lehman (Mrs. Henry R.) Ickelheimer (sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, 10 May 1950, lot 187, as Umbrian School, XIV Century, Madonna with Angels, to);
[Duveen Bros., New York, stock no. 30126, as Allegretto Nuzi, c. 1350, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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