Madonna and Child in a Niche

Antonio del Ceraiolo (Italian)c. 1520s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This image of Madonna with the Christ Child on her lap has been extensively altered by restoration. During the Renaissance, it was important that the Christ Child's genitalia be exposed, for it declared that Christ is the humanization of God, that he experienced temptation, and that in his exposure, he was without shame. When it was repainted, a cloth was added to the image to cover the Christ Child's genitalia. In 1941 the removal of old overpaint returned the painting more closely to its original state.

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  • Title: Madonna and Child in a Niche
  • Creator: Antonio del Ceraiolo (Italian)
  • Date Created: c. 1520s
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 87 x 72 x 5.5 cm (34 1/4 x 28 3/8 x 2 3/16 in.); Unframed: 59.5 x 43.9 cm (23 7/16 x 17 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: James Jackson Jarves, sold to Mrs. Liberty E. Holden, 1884;, Mrs. Liberty E. Holden (Cleveland, Ohio), by gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1916.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1916.813
  • Medium: oil on wood
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: Italy, 16th century
  • Credit Line: Holden Collection
  • Collection: P - Italian 16th & 17th Century
  • Accession Number: 1916.813

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