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The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints (centre panel) (recto)
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The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints (centre panel) (recto)


Bernardo Daddi (c.1280-1348)

Tempera, goldleaf on panel

Height: 87.5 cm (integral frame and gabled top); Width: 42.5 cm;


Dated, on base of central panel, the central part of the inscription covered by an indistinct coat-of-arms, apparently added later, .ANNO.DNI[M].CCC.XXXVII
On back of central panel, Collato family seal

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This is an outstanding example of the type of portable tabernacle produced for private patrons in fourteenth-century Italy. The subject matter allows for meditation on the conception, birth and death of Christ.

The Florentine painter Bernardo Daddi began his career as one of Giotto’s apprentices. He was especially praised for his small-scale works, like this triptych. The shimmering gold and expensive pigments combine with Daddi’s delight in details to produce an exquisitely finished work of rare beauty. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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