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Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels by Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca
Italian, c. 1420-1492
Virgin and Child Enthroned with Four Angels
c. 1460-70
Oil possibly with some tempera on panel, transferred to fabric on panel
107.8 x 78.4 cm
Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1914

This extremely rare painting by a key figure of the early Renaissance in Italy was one of Sterling Clark's first purchases. The composition centers on the statuesque Virgin Mary, who holds a robust Christ Child on her knee; Christ reaches for a pink carnation, a symbol of the crucifixion. The stately angels, solid as columns, stand as sentinels, while the precisely calibrated architecture forms the idealized setting.