UNKNOWN MASTER, Italian
(active around 1260 in Lucca)
Madonna Enthroned with the Christ Childc. 1260
Canvas laid over poplar, 104 x 63 cm
This panel, showing Mary as Queen of Heaven, was probably originally the centre of a triptych or tabernacle.
In Italy, with its profound piety, images of Christ and the Virgin Mary were found early on, in contrast to northern Europe. Altarpieces such as the Lucca Madonna were already common in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This cult image is strongly traditional and yet has elements of content and form that anticipate future developments.