Madonna and Child with Saints
Neri di Bicci speaks:
Today is Friday, the 6th of August, in the Year of Our Lord 1456. A man
just came into my studio and commissioned a painting of Our Lady with Our Lord,
just the kind of thing I like best to paint. Iím going to have Mary sitting on
her heavenly throne, holding the baby Jesus. Iím going to include some saints,
too. I think I can probably fit about six of them in the frame. Theyíll be
carrying their palms and arrows and crosiers and their other emblemsóotherwise,
how will people know which saints they are supposed to be? Just to be on the
safe side, Iím going to write their names at the bottom of the picture.
The painting came home in style on April 17. View the photo album here!
Special thanks to the Seattle Art Museum for the photos of the
gloriously restored painting.
All photos copyright © Seattle Art Museum, 2005. All rights reserved.