The Madonna of Humility with Saints Mark and John

This work is made up of three paintings with their framework on one panel; the Madonna of Humility is flanked by Saints Mark and John the Baptist.

The Madonna of Humility, seated on the ground, has a crescent moon at her feet and stars above her. Roundels representing the sun are on her robe. These refer to the Woman of the Apocalypse in the New Testament (Revelation 12: 1) with whom the Virgin was identified.

This was probably painted in the 1360s as an independent, private devotional work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
documented 1353 - 1379
Full title
The Madonna of Humility with Saints Mark and John the Baptist
Date made
about 1366-70
Medium and support
Egg tempera on poplar
Dimensions
31.3 x 57.5 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Henry Wagner, 1924
Inventory number
NG3897
Location in Gallery