The painting was completely covered by a new painting layer in the late XVIIIth century, and was probably forming almost a triptych. The intense emotional bond between the Virgin and Jesus – two solid figures molded with the volumetric fullness typical of the Sienese painter’s art – is summed up in the natural and tender gesture of the baby, who seeks support and security against Mary’s broad shoulder, and in her sideways glance, wich captures the spectator. Particularly detailed are the puched golden decorations and the precious iridescent colouring effects.


  • Title: Madonna with Chid
  • Creator Lifespan: ca. 1285 - 1348
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Siena
  • Creator Birth Place: Siena
  • Date Created: ca. 1340
  • painter: Pietro Lorenzetti
  • collocation: Buonconvento, Sacred Art Museum of the Arbia Valley, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Physical Dimensions: w44.5 x h75 cm
  • Artist Biography: Pietro Lorenzetti is considered as one of the founders of the Sienese artistic tradition: his style, starting from Cimabue's lesson, was really influenced by the study of space and perspective by Giotto. He worked, as well as Simone Martini, in the basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi; then in Arezzo. In Siena, where he realized some of his masterpiece: the frescoes, now lost, on the facade of Santa Maria della Scala Hospital, together with his brother Ambrogio; and the Nativity of the Virgin (1342) for the Cathedral. Like so much of the Sienese population, as like Ambrogio himself, he seems to have fallen victim to the Black Plague of 1348.
  • Type: tempera on panel
  • Rights: Comune di Buonconvento; 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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