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The Virgin and Child with Six Angels
Master of the Albertini (Master of the Casole Fresco)

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 Master of the Albertini (Master of the Casole Fresco)
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
Dimensions 194.2 x 170.6 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1857
Inventory number NG565
Location in Gallery Room 52
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