Virgin Returning to the House of Her Parents
Predella panel from an altarpiece executed in collaboration with Matteo di Giovanni, in San Pietro Ovile, Siena; companion predella panels are in the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 107), and the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. 814); the main panels are in San Pietro Ovile, Siena
Attributed to Giovanni di Pietro, also called Nanni di Pietro, Italian (active Siena), documented 1439-68, died before 1479
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This panel shows an incident recounted in The Golden Legend (c. 1267), a collection of sacred stories by a priest named Jacobo da Voragine (1230–1298) living in Genoa. He describes the Virgin returning home to her parents' house with a group of young women after her wedding.
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