Italian renaissance artist Matteo di Giovanni di Bartolo lived and worked in Sienna from c. 1430 – 1495. Best known for altarpieces and religious scenes, including his Massacre of the Innocents from 1482, he painted many depictions of the Madonna and Child with a notable realism and beauty.
ACU has acquired a magnificent example of his work, which will be placed on display at the new Mercy Building on the McAuley at Banyo Campus in Brisbane.
Madonna with child and St. John the Baptist was painted c. 1490 in oil, tempera and gold on softwood, depicting Mary and Jesus in portrait form, interacting with St. John the Baptist who is offering the infant a small golden crosier.
ACU Curator, Caroline Field stated: “This is a significant work, worthy of representation within a major international public collection, and represents substantial aesthetic and historical qualities”.
This acquisition complements the University’s collection of artworks that reflect a profound spiritual value, and contributes in a tangible way to our Catholic identity, mission, and aesthetic environment.
Matteo di Giovanni di Bartolo ‘Madonna with child and St. John the Baptist’, c.1490 Oil and tempera and gold on softwood 57.4 x 39.5 cm Australian Catholic University Art Collection