The Virgin and Child with Six Angels

This type of composition showing the Virgin and Child enthroned is known as a Maestà (from the word 'majesty'). It was a popular design with Sienese painters.

The painter takes his name from a fresco in Casole d'Elsa, near Siena, painted in about 1317. This Maestà may have been painted around the same time. The painting has been drastically cut at the base, probably because it was damaged. Originally the angels were full length.

Key facts

Artist dates
active early 14th century
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Six Angels
Date made
about 1310-15 (?)
Medium and support
Egg tempera on synthetic support, transferred from wood
194.2 x 170.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1857
Inventory number
Location in Gallery