(b. ca. 1425, Urbino, d. 1484, Urbino)

The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple (detail)

Tempera and oil on wood
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Virgin (the young girl in blue) is depicted at the head of the procession filing into the basilica-like temple. She passes three beggars - a common embellishment of the scene. Two pilgrims are seen against the right-hand entrance pier. On the basis of the columns a dancing maenad and a satyr with pipes, as well as a classical urn with a branch protruding from its opening symbolize the pagan past.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.