UNKNOWN MASTER, Italian
(active 1260s in Florence)

Madonna del Popolo

c. 1260
Wood
Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

From the 13th century, the Carmelite oratory in Florence housed the miracle-working image known as the "Madonna del Popolo." Marian devotion in Santa Maria del Carmine was focused upon this image.

This monumental painting offered a full-length rendering of the Madonna and Child enthroned with angels, against a gold ground with Christ blessing in the gable above. Scholars consider it to be a thirteenth-century Florentine work by someone within the orbit of Coppo di Marcovaldo. The style is consistent with that found in paintings executed in Florence during the 1260s and 1270s, when a strong Byzantine influence prevailed in Tuscan art. In scale, the painting is comparable to the Maestà by Guido da Siena and a precursor of the larger Madonna and Child compositions that Duccio, Cimabue, and Giotto evolved.




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