DADDI, Bernardo
(b. ca. 1280, Firenze, d. 1348, Firenze)

Orsanmichele Madonna and Child with Angels

Tempera and gold on panel
Orsanmichele, Florence

The panel is in the marble tabernacle made by Orcagna.

Late medieval and early Renaissance histories considered the replacement or recreation of an older painting as an act of homage. It was believed that the potency of the original was inherited or even intensified by the substitute. Such was the case with the monumental Madonna and Child with Angels by Bernardo Daddi in the church of Orsanmichele, which replaced two earlier miraculous images. Located in the oratory where all guilds met, and tended by its own confraternity whose members devoutly sang hymns before it, the Orsanmichele Madonna was among the city's most venerated works.