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The Adoration of the Magi by Spinello Aretino, 1391/1395, on show at Galerie G Sarti’s exhibition The Madonna, Eternal Woman

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It features 31 works depicting the Madonna or Virgin and Child that chart the evolution of her image in Italian paintings over two centuries from 1330-1530, with the paintings portraying her in different roles.

Pictured here are two of the works on show. Spinello Aretino’s Adoration of the Magi, is a gold ground work of c.1391-95 painted in tempera on a wood panel measuring 8.5 x 15in (22 x 38cm). This depicts the Madonna as wife and mother with her husband Joseph standing behind her while she presents the child to one of the three kings who kisses his foot.

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Paolo di Giovanni Fei’s tempera on wood, gold ground panel of the Madonna of Mercy c.1395-1400.

Paolo di Giovanni Fei’s similar-sized, 9.25 x 17in (23.5 x 43.5cm), tempera on wood, gold ground panel of c.1395-1400 shows the Madonna in a different role. As the Madonna of Mercy, set between two angels and Saints Peter and Francis, she is portrayed as the mother of all human beings protecting a group of penitents beneath her cloak.

The price range for the exhibition starts at €200,000 and goes up to €1.2m.