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The Virgin and Child
Traini, Francesco
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Traini, Francesco

Pisa, 1321, 1345

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The Virgin and Child

Ca. 1345. Gilded, Tempera on panel. Not on display

The panel’s small size, making it particularly suitable for private devotion, reflects the growth of the cult of the Virgin. A typical feature of Tuscan art of this date is the use of inscriptions such as the one held here by the Christ Child: “VENITE AD ME OMNES” (Come to me all of you). Such inscriptions allowed the literate viewer to read the message of the image as well as see it, offering a double experience. This work is exceptional within the Spanish royal collections, which had no other Italian paintings dating from before 1450.

Technical data

Inventory number
Traini, Francesco
The Virgin and Child
Ca. 1345
Gilded; Tempera
Height: 48 cm; Width: 42 cm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Laclotte, Michel, Antologia di artisti: 'Une Madone de Francesco Traini' au Prado, Paragone, 171, 1964, pp. 43-45 il.45.

Laclotte, Michel, Une madonne de Francesco Traini, Paragone : mensile de arte figurativa, 1964, pp. 43-44.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 713.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Pintura italiana del Renacimiento: guía, Museo del Prado, Aldeasa, Madrid, 1999, pp. 26.

Pisani, Linda, Francesco Traini e la pittura a Pisa nella prima metà del Trecento, Silvana editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, Milano, 2020.

Inscriptions +

Venite Ad me om[n]es q[ui] lab[o] / r[a]tis et onerati estis et ego re[fi] / ciam vos.
Front, Lower right area

Displayed objects +


Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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