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Virgin and Child with Two Angels

A work made of tempera on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of tempera on panel.




Sandro Botticelli
Italian, 1444/45-1510

About this artwork

Sandro Botticelli’s works mark the culmination of a mystical religious tradition in the art of early Renaissance Florence, from the paintings of Lorenzo Monaco and Fra Angelico through those of Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli’s teacher. In this lyrical late work by Botticelli, two angels draw back curtains to reveal the Virgin and Child, who are framed by slender trees in a setting suggesting a throne. The intimate presentation of the holy figures and Christ’s gesture of blessing suggest that this small painting served a private devotional function. This supposition is supported by the choice of format, since a Florentine patron would have typically commissioned a circular painting, or tondo, for use in a bedchamber.


On View, Gallery 205


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Sandro Botticelli


Virgin and Child with Two Angels


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Tempera on panel


Diam.: 34.4 cm (13 1/2 in.); Painted surface Diameter: Diam.: 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.)

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Max and Leola Epstein Collection

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