BOTTICINI, Francesco
(b.1446, Firenze, d. 1497, Firenze)

Madonna with Child, St John the Baptist, and Angels

c. 1490
Oil on wood, diameter 123 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The Virgin's head is the apex of the painting's perspective, but the flowered axis from a tree to the child's genitals makes a connection from the Tree of the Garden of Eden - and the wood of the Cross believed to be made of it - and the Incarnation. Roundels like this one were often given as childbirth gift called 'deschi da parto."