Virgin and Child with Two Angels

The Virgin Mary balances an unfinished miniature building on one arm, while her son Jesus raises his hand in a blessing. Behind them, two angels unfurl a scroll on which an appeal to “contribute to this devotion” is written in Italian. The painting was probably intended to encourage viewers to earn blessings by offering donations toward the construction of a monastery or church—perhaps one resembling the structure depicted.

Matteo di Giovanni

Italian c. 1430–1495

Virgin and Child with Two Angels

c. 1480

Tempera and gold on panel

23 13/16 x 17 13/16 in. (60.5 x 45.3 cm)

Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1912