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RICERCHE SULL'ICONOGRAFIA DEL POLITTICO PISANO DI MASACCIO

Linda Pisani

 

This essay investigates a rare iconography shown by Masaccio in one of his most famous works, the Virgin and Child, formerly the central panel of the polyptych painted for the Pisan church of Santa Maria del Carmine and now in the National Gallery of London. The image of the Christ Child suckling his fingers after eating some grapes has been connected by scholarship both with Giotto and Donatello. The present research investigates the origin of this theme in Giotto’s circle and focuses on the relationship between Masaccio and Giotto.