Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child
Neroccio de' Landi (Italian, 1447-1500)
c. 1470-1480
Tempera and gold leaf on panel 
18-1/8 x 12 in. (46.0 x 30.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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A sculptor as well as a painter, Neroccio de’ Landi was one of the most accomplished artists of late fifteenth-century Siena. His painted productions centered on devotional images of the Madonna and Child. Here their embrace is so close that their faces touch. Mary embraces her Son closely, suggesting affection, and also protection. Iconographically, the gesture recalls an ancient Byzantine prototype for the Virgin of Tenderness. Jesus holds in his hand a swallow, a symbol of His Resurrection.


[Charles Dowdeswell, London].
Charles Butler, Connaught Place, London, by 1909 (sale, London, Christie’s, 25 May 1911, lot 88, as Sienese School).
Rita da Acosta Lydig, New York (sale, New York, American Art Galleries, 4 April 1913, lot 128, ill.).
Otto H. Kahn (d. 1934), New York, by 1917, to;
[Mogmar Art Corporation (Otto H. Kahn), sold March, 1942 to];
[Duveen Bros., New York, stock no. 29970; sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation, transferred in November 2013 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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