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Ugolino di Nerio Italian
egg tempera and gold leaf on poplar 75.9 x 50.6 cm Purchased 1982
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26956)
Ugolino was the principal follower of Duccio di Buoninsegna and a major figure of the early Renaissance in Siena. This panel was likely painted for an altarpiece. The trefoil arch above the figures indicates the original placement of a frame, before the panel was removed and cut down. The subject has been linked to a devotional following of the Virgin's parents, Joachim and Anne, at Siena's Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in the first half of the 14th century. The infant can be identified as female by her costume and longer hairstyle.