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Madonna and Child Enthroned (centre panel), Saint John the Baptist (left wing), with the Angel of the Annunciation (above), Saint Mary Magdalene (right), with (above) the Madonna Annunciate

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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The Virgin Mary, enthroned with the infant Christ, appears against a finely decorated gold ground. They are flanked to the left by Saint John the Baptist with a scroll proclaiming 'Behold the Lamb of God'. To the right is Mary Magdalene shown covered by long hair in her role as a penitent. According to legend she discarded her worldly goods as a desert hermit, but her modesty was preserved. Above, the Virgin, to the right, and the angel Gabriel, to the left, form an annunciation scene. The panels formed a portable triptych for private devotional use.




tempera on wood


H 27 x W 10 cmH 27 x W 20 cm;
H 27 x W 10 cm

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purchased, 1960

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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