This work once formed the center section of a large altarpiece. The small man kneeling in prayer wears the robe and tonsured haircut of a monk or friar. His diminutive size, lack of a halo, and posture of reverence indicate that he is not a heavenly being. He is, in fact, the donor who commissioned this altarpiece, probably for the church of his own convent.
During recent conservation, fragments of the artist's signature were discovered at the bottom of the panel.


  • Title: Virgin and Child Enthroned and Donor, Angels
  • Date: c. 1319
  • Location: Siena, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: w27.52 x h51.75 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: John G. Johnson Collection, 1917 (center panel); Purchased with the George W. Elkins Fund, the W. P. Wilstach Fund, and the J. Stogdell Stokes Fund, 1985 (spandrels)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Tempera and tooled gold on panel with vertical grain
  • Description: Center panel and spandrels of an altarpeice
  • Artist/Maker: Pietro Lorenzetti, Italian (active Siena, Assisi, Arezzo, and Florence), first documented 1306, last documented 1345

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