Virgin and Child with Two Angels

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

Image actions

  • A work made of tempera on panel.

Date:

1485/95

Artist:

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro Filipepi)
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

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 205

Artist

Sandro Botticelli

Title

Virgin and Child with Two Angels

Origin

Italy

Date

1465–1495

Medium

Tempera on panel

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Max and Leola Epstein Collection

Reference Number

1954.282

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share