GHIRLANDAIO, Domenico
(b. 1449, Firenze, d. 1494, Firenze)

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

c. 1479
Tempera on wood, 170 x 160 cm
Duomo San Martino, Lucca

A curtain of gold brocade is drawn to one side, making it possible for us to see the enthroned Madonna and the Christ Child. Held gently by his mother, Christ is standing upright on a cushion. His left hand casually resting on his hip, his right hand raised in blessing. St Peter and Pope Clement are on the left of the throne, St Paul and St Sebastian on the right.

The motif of Christ Child, shown naked, seen from a frontal view standing on his mother's right thigh, was borrowed from Verrocchio.