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This is the central part of a painting done in fresco (painting directly on wet plaster) on the outside wall of a house in Florence. It was flanked by two saints, whose heads – the only surviving parts – are also in the National Gallery’s collection.
This was Domenico’s first work in Florence. He may have been impressed by the Florentine painter Massacio’s famous fresco of the Trinity in the nearby church of Santa Maria Novella, which is also set within a fictive grey-stone arch.
The Virgin and Child Enthroned
Fresco, transferred to canvas
H 241 x W 120.5 cm
Presented by the 26th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, 1886