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Artist Name:

Paolo di Giovanni Fei

Nationality & Life Dates:

Italian, ca. 1345 – 1411


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


ca. 1375


Tempera and silver gilding on panel


70 1/8 x 50 5/8 inches

Credit Line:

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number:


On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
In this altarpiece that may have originally hung in a Franciscan chapel, the Christ child’s gesture invites us to draw near, into the realm of angels. The two saints kneeling in the foreground are St. Francis of Assisi on the left—identifiable by his humble burlap robe and his stigmata, the marks 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, an act symbolized by the cast off crown at his feet.

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