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Gift of Archer M. Huntington
Five Centuries of Tapestry, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, 1976
Tapestries: 15th - 20th Centuries, Transamerica Pyramid Lobby, San Francisco, 1979
The Madonna holds her child in the circle of her right arm. Her left hand touches his toe, completing the circular rhythm of the composition. The infant looks up at his mother, smiling and reaching for her, and she returns his smile with an expression of maternal tenderness. Silver thread enriches the Madonna’s red gown and her halo. Some of the thread was part of the original weaving; some, of coarser material, has been added at a later date. From Anna Gray Bennett, "Five Centuries of Tapestry: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco" (San Francisco: Chronicle Books; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1976; repr. 1992): 202.