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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.
Title

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

Date

1360s/1370s

Medium

tempera on wood

Measurements

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

Accession number

60.5

Acquisition method

purchased, 1960

Work type

Painting

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