Description: Madonna and Child with Saints Francis of Assisi, John the Baptist, Peter and Dominic

The infant Jesus and his mother, the Virgin Mary, commonly appear together in a devotional image known as the Madonna and Child.

In this version, they appear as if gazing out from an arched window. On each side of them, two more archways frame the images of four important Christian saints. Together the five archways form an altarpiece, a work of art placed above and behind an altar, the table or cabinet that serves as the focus of Christian religious ritual.

  • Creator: School of Nardo di Cione, Italian, active 1343—1365/66
  • Created: 1350—1399
  • Credit line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 57.4