The Virgin and Child Enthroned
This painting is part of the group: Carnesecchi Tabernacle

The Virgin Mary is seated on an elaborate throne with the Christ Child. The Child is standing, giving a sign of blessing. Above them, the foreshortened figure of God the Father is dispatching the dove of the Holy Spirit.

This work, together with 'Head of a Tonsured Beardless Saint' and 'Head of a Tonsured Bearded Saint' also in the Collection, are the surviving fragments (now transferred to canvas) from a street tabernacle painted at the Canto de' Carnesecchi, not far from the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence. The two heads of saints are fragments from the sides of the tabernacle.

According to the painter and biographer Giorgio Vasari, this was one of Domenico's first works in Florence.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1438; died 1461
Full title
The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Group
Date made
about 1440-4
Medium and support
Fresco, transferred to canvas
Dimensions
241 x 120.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by the 26th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, 1886
Inventory number
NG1215
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Carnesecchi Tabernacle

Painting
Domenico Veneziano
about 1440-4
Domenico Veneziano: 'Head of a Tonsured, Beardless Saint'
Painting
Domenico Veneziano
about 1440-4
Domenico Veneziano: 'Head of a Tonsured, Bearded Saint'