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Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donors

This painting once formed part of a small altarpiece that may have been used for private devotion in a home. The panel was produced by the workshop of Taddeo Gaddi, a student of Giotto, who is credited with developing the Florentine Renaissance style. The figure group shown here is weighty and sculptural, foreshadowing the naturalism of later Renaissance painting in Tuscany. Realism, however, was not necessarily the goal in this altarpiece, which depicts two tiny donors kneeling before the much larger Madonna. These figures, probably a married couple, are richly dressed in red, ermine-trimmed garments, suggesting their status as high-ranking members of Florentine society.

Workshop of Taddeo Gaddi
Italian (Florentine), active mid-1320s–d. 1366
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donors
ca. 1334
Tempera and gilding on panel
17 3/8 x 7 9/16 in. (50.9 x 24.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, The Samuel H. Kress Study Collection, 62.162