Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and John the Baptist

Giovanni di Agostino (Italian, c. 1310-1370)c. 1340-1350

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The Madonna is seated beneath a Gothic-arched canopy flanked by Saints Catherine and John the Baptist. A rectangular frame encloses the group. Most likely from a Sienese church interior, the work is probably a fragment of a larger sculptural program such as a tomb. An authentic Gothic style in sculpture appeared in Tuscany from the mid 1200s through about 1350 elucidated by the work of Giovanni di Agostino, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, and others who were active on Siena Cathedral’s sculptural program. Agostino’s work suggests an awareness of Gothic sculpture and the decorative arts in France from which he borrowed freely. This relief was probably completed just before the plague of 1348, an event which altered the degree and character of Sienese art.

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  • Title: Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and John the Baptist
  • Creator: Giovanni di Agostino (Italian, c. 1310-1370)
  • Date Created: c. 1340-1350
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 70.5 x 52.5 x 5.9 cm (27 3/4 x 20 11/16 x 2 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: (Durlacher Brothers, 1928); George S. and Harry D. Kendrick, Cleveland.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1942.1162
  • Medium: marble with traces of polychromy and gilding
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Italy, Siena, 14th century
  • Credit Line: In memory of Henry G. Dalton by his nephews, George S. Kendrick and Harry D. Kendrick
  • Collection: MED - Gothic
  • Accession Number: 1942.1162

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