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Maker(s):Santacroce, Girolamo da
Culture:Italian (circa 1485-1556)
Title:Madonna and Child with Saint Ambrose
Date Made:ca. 1549
Type:Painting
Materials:tempera on panel
Measurements:Frame: 26 3/8 in x 33 3/8 in x 3 3/4 in; 67 cm x 84.8 cm x 9.5 cm; Panel: 20 1/2 in x 27 5/8 in; 52.1 cm x 70.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1961.84
Credit Line:Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
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Description:
The Madonna in a red dress, blue cloak, white shawl over head and shoulders, sits on a heavy throne, slightly turned to the right where Saint Ambrose kneels in adoration of the Child who is giving the blessing gesture.. Hands clasped before him, he wears a richly embroidered gold cape, a long crozier by his side. He holds a scroll with the inscription "TRA TE ESSE MATREM". Behind him stretches out a velvety green landscape rising to a castle, woods, and high blue mountains. At the extreme left a doorway reveals a courtyard in which two nuns stand conversing before a classical style facade, and further back a nun is on a staircase. Tiny figures of men in armor and two other figures are behind the main figures on a road.

Tags:
architecture; clergy; families; landscapes; mountains; perspective

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