Andrea di Bartolo
Andrea di Bartolo's Madonna
and Child, a painting of c. 1410-15, is the central panel of a dispersed
altarpiece called a polyptych. In Siena, Italy, wood dowels, fashioned
from oak twigs, were used to align and join panels of an altarpiece, and
the holes along the sides of the Madonna and Child provide evidence that
there were other panels once joined to it. Three of the side panels associated
with it are known. A fourth - Christ in Benediction in Detroit - cannot
be linked with the other four panels with any certainty.
Please note that in-kind support of this website project, a Room Temperature High Resolution Near Infrared Area Camera has been provided by Sensors Unlimited, Inc. for the museum's conservation laboratory.