GOZZOLI, Benozzo
(b. ca. 1420, Firenze, d. 1497, Pistoia)

Madonna and Child

Fresco, 250 x 135 cm
San Fortunato, Montefalco

A fragment of the Madonna and Child can be seen on the right church wall. The Mother of God is sitting on a cushion in a stone throne niche. She is reverently gazing at the child at her lap, while folding her hands in prayer. The surviving right half of the picture is completed by an angel making music in front of background architecture.

In this composition, Benozzo combined two depictions of the Madonna: the Adoration of the Child and the Enthroned Madonna. The artist's signature appears on the throne's pilaster: BENOZII FLORETIA, Benozzo of Florence.