“Medici Madonna” (1450s) by Rogier van der Weyden

This painting on wood known as the "Medici Madonna" is a work of Netherlandish painter Rogier van der Weyden and can be seen in the Städel Museum of Frankfurt am Main (Schaumainkai, 63). As a work commissioned by the Medici Family, it features on the right the family's patron Saints Cosmas and Damian. One of them notably carries in his right hand a matula, the transparent glass flask used by ancient physicians to carefully observe urines (uroscopy).

  • Photos by Arianna Rizzo (December 2023)

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