Olga's Gallery

Alessandro Botticelli

Madonna and Child with Six Saints.

c.1470. Tempera on panel. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy. Read Note.

Alessandro Botticelli. Madonna and Child with Six Saints.

Madonna and Child with Six Saints - This type of altar painting is called Sacra Conversazione, and it shows the enthroned Madonna surrounded by saints. To the left are Mary Magdalene with the ointment jar and St. John the Baptist wearing furs, and to the right are St. Fransis of Assici in the Franciscans' habit and Catherine of Alexandria with her wheel. The two kneeling saints, Cosmas and Damian, were patron saints of medicine, doctors and pharmacists