MANTEGNA, Andrea
(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)

San Zeno Polyptych (central panel)

1457-60
Tempera on panel, 220 x 115 cm
San Zeno, Verona

Mary's throne is covered by a decorative Anatolian rug that testifies to Italy's trading connections with the Orient. The horizontal S-shape on the outside border is the first letter of the Armenian expression for "God the Almighty." Where possible, a place of worship would also be furnished with rugs with Christian symbols.