• Virgin and Child with Two Angels
  • c. 1290
  • Deodato Orlandi
  • Italian (School of Lucca)
  • active c. 1288-1308
  • Tempera painting on lindenwood panel
  • CMA 1954.20

The connection between rigid Byzantine painting and the naturalistic expression that began in Florence with Cimabue and achieved its height with Giotto was a slow evolution that covered many centuries. This small panel can be placed at the most interesting point in the period between the rise of Cimabue's fame and the revolution brought about by his greatest and best-known pupil, Giotto (1266-1336). This panel, probably a wing of a diptych or a small portable altarpiece, represents a noble step in the ascent of Florentine art shortly before it spread into the new world of the Renaissance.

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