Medici Madonna, Rogier van der Weyden
Rogier van der Weyden
Medici Madonna
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Rogier van der Weyden

Medici Madonna, ca. 1453 – 1460


Malfläche
53.1 x 37.5 cm
Rahmenmaß
61.7 x 46.1 x 0.8 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
850
Acquisition
Acquired in 1833
Status
On display

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About the Work

Soon after his return from a pilgrimage to Rome in 1450, Rogier van der Weyden was commissioned to paint a devotional picture for the Medici, the Florentine bankers’ family. This is evidenced by the choice of the ‘sacra conversazione’ (sacred conversation) – a pictorial type unusual in the North – the Florentine escutcheon with the lily, and above all the identities of the saints accompanying the Virgin: the doctor-saints Cosmas and Damian were the Medici’s patron saints, while Peter and John the Baptist were the baptismal saints of two leading family members, Piero and Giovanni de’ Medici.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Medici Madonna
Painter (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1833

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F611 'Sacra Conversazione'
  • 11FF41231 'Galaktotrophousa' ~ Madonna - FF - the Christ-child to Mary's right
  • 11H(PETER)0 the apostle Peter, first bishop of Rome; possible attributes: book, cock, (upturned) cross, (triple) crozier, fish, key, scroll, ship, tiara - male saint represented in a group
  • 11H(JOHN THE BAPTIST)0 John the Baptist; possible attributes: book, reed cross, baptismal cup, honeycomb, lamb, staff - male saint represented in a group
  • 11H(COSMAS & DAMIAN)0 the twin-brothers Cosmas and Damian(us), martyrs and physicians; possible attributes: box of ointment, cap, gown, lancet, pestle and mortar, urinal - male saint represented in a group
Secondary

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11.06.2019