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Artist Name:

Master of Marradi

Nationality & Life Dates:

Italian, late 15th C.


A King with His Counselors


ca. 1490


Tempera on panel


24 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches

Credit Line:

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number:


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This scene takes place in a decorated hall with two windows through which a distant landscape is visible. A king sits enthroned beneath a red and gold canopy atop a flight of stairs. His counselors stand in pairs before him in the foreground, each older man accompanied by a youth. The steps leading up and back suggest depth and contribute to a sense of theatrical drama. The decorative quality and symbolic gold leaf are indicative of earlier traditions, while the inclusion of a landscape view is more progressive.

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