Madonna and Christ Child with Infant Saint John the Baptist and Three Angels

This composition, known in a number of variants, was extremely popular in the late 1480s and early 1490s. It probably derives from a prototype by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448/9-1494), master of one of the largest and most important workshops in late fifteenth-century Florence. The high quality of this painting suggests Mainardi (Ghirlandaio’s brother-in-law) likely painted it […]

Last Judgment

The figures in this highly detailed masterpiece are carefully organized according to celestial hierarchy, which allows the viewer to identify a great number of them by their positions and by the iconographic attributes they hold. The support for this painting is copper. The smoothness of the thin copper sheet allows the artist to apply the […]

Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Mary Magdalene

This intimate portrayal of Christ’s death on the cross probably formed the right wing of a diptych, or two-paneled altarpiece. The left wing would most likely have depicted a Madonna and Child. The diminutive size of the panel suggests the possibility that the diptych was meant to be portable, for use in a domestic or […]