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After Benozzo Gozzoli, The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels

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Full title The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels
Artist After Benozzo Gozzoli
Artist dates 1420/2(?) - 1497
Date made 1460s
Medium and support Tempera on wood
Dimensions 137.2 × 88.9 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Henry Wagner, 1912
Inventory number NG2863
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Virgin and Child Enthroned with Angels
After Benozzo Gozzoli

This painting is based on the main panel of an altarpiece that Gozzoli made for the Confraternity of the Purification of the Virgin and of Saint Zenobius in Florence, which is also in the National Gallery’s collection. It was probably produced shortly afterwards by a member of the artist’s workshop.

This image is different to Gozzoli’s in a number of ways. The two angels seated on the throne’s steps appear only here, and the area behind the throne is gilded and then patterned using a metal tool to create decorative indentations in the soft gold leaf. This would have been simpler and faster than painting a landscape. The grassy foreground and the vase of flowers represent a garden, which is significant – the ‘enclosed garden’ was a sign of the Virgin’s chastity and purity.

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