(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)
The Virgin of Humility1435-45
Tempera on panel, 99 x 49 cm
Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, Pedralbes
In this painting, the image of Mary recalls the ideal of beauty promoted in International Gothic art, although her pose and shape give her a three-dimensionality and solidity closer to the art of Masaccio. The Virgin is placed, following the traditional iconography of the Virgin of Humility, on a cushion rather than a throne.
The painting is notable for its brilliant and luminous palette, in which reds, blues and golds are harmoniously combined. Also outstanding is the sweetness and spirituality of the faces of the figures, whose poses and gestures are depicted with great naturalism.