Fra Angelico painted numerous individual panels depicting the Madonna and Child.   These are works of differing sizes, ranging from less than one foot high to more than six feet tall.    They must be differentiated from the Virgin and Child altarpieces.  

The Madonna and Child paintings include special types known as the (1) Madonna Enthroned; and (2)

Madonna of Humility.  

The Madonna Enthroned (Maesta) refers to images in which Mary is portrayed as the Queen of Heaven. 

A Madonna of Humility (Madonna dell' Umilita) shows Mary seated modestly on the ground, often on a cushion or pillow, occasionally on a low bench.   This posture emphasizes her humanity and motherhood, in contrast to the Madonna Enthroned. 

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The Madonna's differ in many particulars.   The Madonna and Child sometimes appear alone.  Sometimes they appear with two (or more?) saints.   Occasionally there are two or more angels.   In a few instances, there are both saints and angels.   Maximum:  x saints; 12 angels; x saints and y angels.

(A chronological presentation is given on another page.) 

Fra Angelico also painted several Madonna and Child as frescoes.   See, eventually, Fra Angelico 102.

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Madonna and Child (alone) (6)

Madonna and Child
after 1430
46 x 38.1 cm. (1' 6" x 1' 3")
Norton Simon Museum
Pasadena, California

Virgin and Child  (only)
(no estimated date)
Bern, Switzerland

Tempera on panel 18 3/8 x 13 13/16 in.(1' 6-3/8" x. 1' 2-13/16")

Madonna with Lily (with amazing zoom)
74 x 52 cm. (2' 5" x 1' 8")
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Madonna and Child (only)

100 x 60 cm (3' 3" x 2')
Pinacoteca Sabauda
Turin, Italy


Cedri Madonna  (Madonna di Cedri) (only)
c. 1423
102 x 58 cm. (3' 4" x 1' 11")
Museo Nazionale di San Matteo
Pisa, Italy

Madonna and Child (Pontassieve Madonna)
134 x 59 (4' 5" x 1' 11")


(with Angels) (5)

Madonna of Humility (2 angels)

c. 1430
60.7 x 45.2 cm (2' x 1' 6")
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,

Info page
Larger image

Madonna and Child with four angels
16.2 x 9.7 cm (6" x 4")
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, Michigan

Madonna and Child with four angels
c. 1425
81 x 51 cm.  (2' 8" x 1' 8")
The Hermitage
St. Petersburg, Russia     

This image has also been characterized as a Madonna of Humility. 

(with zoom)
Full size (without info)

Hermitage (full size)

Madonna of Humility (with five angels)
c. 1435
98.6 x 49.2 cm. (3' 3" x 1' 7")
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum  /  Barcelona Museum?
Madrid, Spain

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum  (larger image)

Virgin of Humility, with lily, plus 5 angels, 1435-45 (Thyssen)

This panel probably formed part of a triptych which was subsequently dismembered.   The two angels sitting at the feet of the Madonna are playing a portable organ and a lute.

Virgin and Child enthroned with 12 angels
(Madonna Surrounded by Angels)

c. 1429-33

37 x 28 cm. 
(1' 3" x 11")
Staedelsches Kunstinstitut
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Aiwaz  (largest

(with Saints) (1)

Madonna and Child, with St. Dominic and St. Peter Martyr (in background)
c. 1433
70 x 51 cm (2' 4" x 1' 8")
Staatliche Museen, Berlin 

Mary appears here as a Madonna of Humility. 

(with Angels and Saints) (2)

Madonna and Child, with 2 Saints
(St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Alexandria), and
4 Angels

c. 1427 (c. 1435?)
23 x 18 cm (9" x 7")
Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome

Virgin and Child with 2 saints, 4 angels


Aiwaz   (largest)

Virgin and Child Enthroned with 3 saints (Saints Peter, Paul and George), 4 Angels, and a Donor
c. 1446–49
24.9 x 24.8 cm (10" x 10")
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts