Madonna with child with Saints Michel and Francis
Mariotto di Nardo
Tempera on panel
The triptych depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned between two angels and the blessing Redeemer, between Saints Michael the Archangel and Francis and in the predella, San Girolamo, Sant´Antonio da Padova, San Giovanni Battista, the Flagellation of Christ, San Giovanni Evangelista , San Ludovico da Tolosa and Santa Chiara. An attempt was made to identify the Franciscan saint of the predella with Blessed Sante da Mombaroccio, however the traditional identification with Sant´Antonio da Padova seems preferable, as indicated by the burning flame and the inscription on the open book. The painting was preserved ab antiquo in San Giovanni Battista degli Zoccolanti in Pesaro. The presence of San Francesco and three Franciscan saints in the predella indicates, however, that its original location was to be a church of the minor friars. The work is a manifesto of the contemporary Florentine artistic situation and the neo-Giotto tendency shines through in the archaizing rigor. On the other hand, numerous elements show that Mariotto has not forgotten the late Gothic experimentalism and in the monumental figures, wrapped in large draperies, the contour line tinkers with increasingly involute serpentines, such as in the mantle of the Madonna or in that of San Michele.