MASTER of the Albertini
(active 1310s in Siena)
The Virgin and Child with Six Angels1310-15
Egg tempera on synthetic support, transferred from wood, 194 x 171 cm
National Gallery, London
This painting has been said to be the panel seen by Vasari on a pilaster in the choir of Santa Croce, Florence. It was suggested that it must have been a confraternity panel, the second Sienese confraternity panel for a major Florentine church, Duccio's Ruccelai Madonna having been the first.
The painting represents the type of large gabled Maestà of an enthroned Virgin and Child with angels popular throughout central Italy during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries.