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Virgin and Child

Circa 1365-70

Barnaba da Modena (active 1361-1383)

Tempera on panel

Depth: 2.4 cm ( frame ); Width: 22 cm ( frame ); Height: 29.8 cm ( frame ); Height: 26.5 cm ( panel ); Width: 19.1 cm ( panel );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
P.1947.LF.20

About this work
Born in Modena in central Italy, Barnaba spent most of his career in Genoa. The heavy shading of the Virgin’s face and the gold striations on her mantle are derived from Byzantine art. This slightly archaic style may account for Barnaba’s success in Genoa, where Byzantine painting had long been dominant.

This small work was made for private devotion. For this purpose, Christ’s scroll is inscribed with one of the beatitudes: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’. The text along the bottom, ‘Barnaba da Modena painted (this)’, is a rare early example of a painter’s signature (Permanent collection label)



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