NEROCCIO DE' LANDI
(b. 1445, Siena, d. 1500, Siena)
Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist and St Mary Magdalenec. 1495
Tempera on panel, 71 x 51 cm
Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Devotional images of the Madonna and Child were a mainstay of Neroccio's workshop. Working from a standard half-length format, the artist altered the composition by adding different saints according to the wishes of his clients. Here, he has inserted John the Baptist, who carries a scroll that proclaims the coming of Christ, and Mary Magdalene, who holds the jar of oil with which she anointed the feet of Jesus.