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The Virgin and Child enthroned with Angels
Lorenzo Costa

This is the central panel of an altarpiece that is thought to have been on the high altar of the Oratory of San Pietro in Vincoli, Faenza. It shows the Virgin and Child with four angels. The reliefs on the Virgin's throne represent (left) the Presentation in the Temple and (right) the Marriage of the Virgin.

Other sections of the altarpiece depict Saint Peter, Saint Philip, Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist. There was also originally a separate horizontal panel on top, with a painting of the dead Christ supported by angels.

Key facts
Artist Lorenzo Costa
Artist dates 1460 - 1535
Full title The Virgin and Child enthroned with Angels
Group The High Altarpiece from San Pietro in Vincoli, Faenza
Date made 1505
Medium and support Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
Dimensions 167.6 x 73 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1859
Inventory number NG629.1
Location in Gallery Room 2
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The High Altarpiece from San Pietro in Vincoli, Faenza

These panels were elements of a larger altarpiece.
The framing is not original.