Virgin and Child

about 1325–30
Ugolino di Nerio (Italian (Sienese), active in 1317–1339)


81.4 x 52.1 cm (32 1/16 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera on panel

On View

I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)





Now framed as a single panel, this painting was probably originally the central section of a polyptych (a multi-panel altarpiece), with paintings of individual saints displayed in flanking compartments. The present shape and frame may date from the seventeenth century; an inscription on the back of the panel states that “this painting of the Madonna of Mercy was restored by the priest Angelo Sirigatti in the year 1630.” Much of the gilding is modern


1630, restored by Angelo Sirigatti [see note 1]. 1916, Rodolfo Calafranceschi, Rome; 1916, sold by Calafranceschi, through Philip J. Gentner, Worcester, MA, to Mrs. W. Scott Fitz (Henrietta Goddard Wigglesworth) (b. 1847 - d. 1927), Boston; 1916, gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 6, 1916)

[1] The reverse of the panel is inscribed: "Questa Madonna del soccorso restavro il prete Angelo Sirigatti lanno 1630" (The priest Angelo Sirigatti restored this painting of the Madonna of Mercy in 1630).

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz