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Virgin and Child with Saints and the Annunciation: M.56 & A-1904

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Current Location: In storage


Virgin and Child with Saints and the Annunciation


Production: Unknown




Panel: Virgin and Child enthroned with four saints, with below, the Annunciation, painted, gilded, and silvered under glass, in an associated gessoed and gilt wood frame

Glass panel of tall and slender outline, with a Gothic arch at the top clipped around the edges. It is gilded, incised and painted in red, blue and green, probably using an oil medium, along the foliate border which frames the two scenes. The Enthroned Virgin and Child are flanked by four figures, two at either side. The Virgin’s throne is rather monumental, surmounted by a gable and two pinnacles. The Child is represented holding a small orb. A smaller Annunciation is decorated in a pseudo-predella at the bottom of the panel. The borders of the panel are ornate with swirls of foliage, alternatively painted in red and green. The wooden frame (A) has gesso additions and is painted and gilded. The frame is carved along the two long sides with foliate motifs. On the top, the frame is sculpted with the figures of God the Father directly above the Man of Sorrow, and flanked by the Annunciate Angel at the left and the Virgin at the right. At the bottom, the frame ends with a reverse triangle terminating with a decorated knob.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by F. McClean

Place(s) associated

  • Siena ⪼ Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


14th Century, Mid#
Circa 1345 CE - Circa 1350 CE


G.M. Richter on 12th July, 1931 said, 'Apparently a painter very near to Gentile da Fabriano.'

Prof. Enzo Carli of Siena Gallery on May, 1949, said it was late 14th century.

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Components of the work

Frame composed of paint ( gold) wood gesso
Decoration composed of paint ( red, green, blue) gold leaf silver leaf
Panel composed of glass
Central Panel Height 25.1 cm Width 10.5 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.56 & A-1904
Primary reference Number: 28233
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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