Madonna with Chid

Simone MartiniThird decade of the XIVth century

Fondazione Musei Senesi

Fondazione Musei Senesi
Siena, Italy

The painting has lost the golden leaf on the background, but still is so preciuos in the details of the punchings and dress decorations. Note the tender rapport between mother and son, expressed in gazes and caresses as the baby - robust, in contrast with Mary's silm and elegant proportions - holds a small swallow in his little hand, like a toy.


  • Title: Madonna with Chid
  • Creator Lifespan: ca. 1285 - 1344
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Avignon
  • Creator Birth Place: Siena
  • Date Created: Third decade of the XIVth century
  • painter: Simone Martini
  • collocation: Castiglione d'Orcia, San Giovanni Art Room and the Fortress of Tentennano, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Physical Dimensions: w61 x h80.5 cm
  • Artist Biography: Simone Martini, one of the greatest Sienese artists, started to work by the workshop of Duccio di Buoninsegna between the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century , but his style is definitively influenced also by Giotto and the French Gothic. After working in the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, in 1333 he signed, along with his brother-in-law Lippo Memmi, the triptych of the Annunciation for the Cathedral and now in the Uffizi Gallery. His stay in Avignon by the papal court is recorded by a memory i of his friend, the poet Francesco Petrarca.
  • Type: tempera on panel
  • Rights: Comune di Castiglione d'Orcia; Curia Arcivescovile di Siena, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Montalcino; Fondazione Musei Senesi, Fondazione Musei Senesi
  • External Link: Fondazione Musei Senesi

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