Virgin and Child, with Saints Anthony Abbott, Mark, Severino, and Sebastian

Virgin and Child, with Saints Anthony Abbott, Mark, Severino, and Sebastian

c. 1490-96

Lorenzo da Sanseverino

(Italian, 1468-1500)

Tempera on gold wood panel

Framed: 144 x 84.5 x 5 cm (56 11/16 x 33 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.); Unframed: 128.9 x 76 cm (50 3/4 x 29 15/16 in.)

Holden Collection 1916.800


The finest textiles and dress associated with the aristocracy were often represented in religious paintings. Here, the Virgin is clothed in a fashionably tailored dress with close-fitted sleeves made of luxurious velvet. Gold thread forms the pomegranate pattern on the deep crimson velvet ground. Saint Sebastian (on the right) wears an equally opulent velvet doublet under his sleeveless tunic.

See also
MED - Medieval Art
Medieval Art
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Holden Collection

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