The Virgin, Child and Saint Anne


Creator: Masaccio and Masolino
Title: The Virgin, Child and Saint Anne
Date: c. 1425
Media: Tempera on panel
Measurement: 175 x 103 cm
Repository: Florence, Uffizzi Gallery

The panel is known as Sant'Anna Metterza in Italian, meaning "Saint Anne who is places third" -- this emphasizes her position after the Virgin Mary and Christ.[1] Both Saint Anne and Mary are portrayed majestic and dignified; with Mary sitting on her throne, child on her lap and Anne towering over her. It is believed that a function of the piece was to stress obedience of the Benedictine nuns to the Mother Superior, the altarpiece was originally found in the church of St Ambrogio in Florence, it was placed in the chapel next to the nuns' parlor.[2]

Consulted: [3]

Mary Magdalene


  1. ^ Tinagli, Paola. Women in Italian Renaissance Art: gender, representation, and identity. Manchester, UK and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997. Print.
  2. ^ Joannides, Paul. Masaccio and Masolino: a complete catalogue. London: Phaidon, 1993. Print.
  3. ^ Strehlke, Carl Brandon, Cecilia Frosinini, and Roberto Bellucci. The panel paintings of Masolino and Masaccio: the role of technique. Milan: 5 Continents, 2002. Print.