An image of Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome, John the Baptist, Bernardino and Bartholomew

Sano di Pietro

(Italy baptised 2 December 1405 – 1481)

Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome, John the Baptist, Bernardino and Bartholomew

Other titles:
Virgin and Child with Sts Jerome, John the Baptist, Bernard and Bartholomew
Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

With its gold-ground and tempera technique, this devotional altarpiece is an example of the international Gothic style that survived in Siena well into the fifteenth century. Noted for the richness and variety of his palette, Sano di Pietro was a successful master who ran a busy workshop in that city. He seems to have been familiar with Venetian religious painting, a certain Byzantine preciousness being part of his repertoire. A number of Sano's subjects focused on the life and works of San Bernardino, a controversial local saint the painter had known personally. It was Bernardino who conceived the device of the Holy Name in the Sun, an emblem in which twelve solar rays represented twelve articles of faith promulgated by the Apostles. For this doctrinal innovation he was charged with heresy. In this panel, Bernardino's participation is restricted to that of an auxiliary figure. Appropriately, it is the blue-mantled Virgin and her delightful infant who hold our attention.

AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

Year
1450-1481
Media
Painting
Medium
gold leaf and tempera on panel
Dimensions
60.5 x 43.2 cm panel; 93.5 x 52.2 x 9.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of John Fairfax and Sons Ltd. to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Sydney Morning Herald 1971
Accession number
151.1971
Provenance
John Fairfax & Sons, Oct 1970-18 Apr 1971, Australia, Gift of John Fairfax and Sons 1971
Agnew's, London, Oct 1970, London/England, Purchased by John Fairfax and Sons Ltd from the exhibition 'Paintings and drawings from Agnew's London', held at David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney 7-24 October 1970
Jocelyn Fielding, 10 Apr 1970-Oct 1970?, England, Purchased Christie's London, 10 April 1970, lot no. 92
Joanna Parsons, pre 10 Apr 1970, England, Sold Christie's London, 10 April 1970, lot no. 92
Sir Thomas Neave, 19th century, Essex/England