Madonna of Humility with St. Catherine and St. Christopher, The Annunciation, and the Crucifixion
unkown - 1388
Madonna of Humility with St. Catherine and St. Christopher,
The Annunciation, and the Crucifixion
ca. 1370 - 1375
Tempera on panel
25-7/8 x 21-1/2 in.
This work, though smaller than Niccolò di Buonaccorso's Madonna and Child, displays the artist's sophisticated and delicate technique: in the complex modeling of the draperies, in the refined depiction of textile patterns and textures, and in the detailed rendering of the still life behind the Virgin in the central panel and the water and fish at the feet of St. Christopher in the right panel.
The center panel is unusual because it shows the Virgin seated on the ground, surrounded by common domestic objects and furnishings. The triptych is a portable altarpiece, which may explain the inclusion of St. Christopher, the protector of travelers, who carries the Christ Child bearing a globe of the world.