Madonna and Child with Two Angels, St. Francis and St. Louis of Toulouse


Paolo di Giovanni Fei (Italian, ca. 1345–1411)


ca. 1375


Tempera and silver gilding on panel


70 1/8 x 50 5/8 inches


Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

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On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204

In this altarpiece that originally may have hung in a Franciscan chapel, the Christ child’s gesture invites us to draw near, into the realm of angels. Kneeling in the foreground are St. Francis of Assisi on the left—identifiable by his humble burlap robe and the stigmata on his hands resembling the wounds of the crucified Christ—and St. Louis of Toulouse on the right, who became a Franciscan monk after renouncing his right to the French throne, symbolized by the cast-off crown at his feet.

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