European Art, 1400-1800 - 5 of 9
Ugolino di Nerio
Italian, active 1317-1327
Virgin and Child with Saints Francis, Andrew, Paul, Peter, Stephen, and Louis of Toulouse
Tempera on panel
163.7 x 341.4 cm
Acquired by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1962
This early fourteenth-century work is one of a very few multi-paneled altarpieces that survive intact outside of Italy. Its complexity and large size suggest it originally decorated the main altar of a church, where it would have served as a compelling visual backdrop to the mass. The stately elegance of the Virgin and half-length saints, characterized by rich colors and lyrical contour lines, was inspired by the leading Sienese painter of the time, Duccio di Buoninsegna.