The iconography here is typical of the traditional Madonna dell’umiltà: while the cloth of honor suspended by two angels behind recalls the resplendence of an enthroned Madonna, here she sits modestly on a cushion, laying emphasis on the humility of her character, as a protective mother nursing her child. In the 1993 Art Institute of Chicago catalogue, the panel is linked to a group of similar pictures intended for private devotion, also given to Lorenzo di Bicci, in which the Madonnas each share the typically rounded facial type seen here and the somewhat stiff pose that characterize many of Lorenzo’s figures.4
1. See B. Berenson under Literature, op. cit.; Sandburg-Vavalà’s opinion is noted in the Art Institute of Chicago curatorial files.
2. See R. Offner and F. Zeri under Literature, op. cit.
3. See M. Boskovitz under Literature, op. cit.
4. For further images of this subject by Lorenzo di Bicci see M. Boskovits, op. cit., figs. 130-133.
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