THE MADONNA AND CHILD ENTHRONED
tempera on panel, gold ground, arched top
89.5 by 44.4 cm.; 35 1/4 by 17 1/2 in.
The Christ Child’s pose, seen here with his right arm raised, is a direct echo of another autograph work by the Master in the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Parma. In the background of the Parma painting, like in the present work and another painting in a European private collection,4 an ornately brocaded red cloth adorns the Madonna’s throne. This interest in fine decoration is typical of mid-fourteenth-century Florence and is often found in works by Orcagna’s circle, particularly those of his brother Jacopo di Cione.