COPPO DI MARCOVALDO
(b. ca. 1225, Firenze, d. ca. 1274, Siena)
Madonna and Childc. 1265
Panel, 2238 x 135 cm
San Martino dei Servi, Orvieto
Coppo follows traditional Byzantine representations in showing the Virgin seated on a throne, crowned as Queen of Heaven and holding her son upon her knee, his hand raised in blessing. Her sad expression is a reference to the suffering sand death of Christ.