The Virgin and Child with Angels and Saints
Master of the Straus Madonna
1390 - 1395
This work is very important because the artist chose to include Eve in the same scene as the Virgin Mary. He invented a new way of visually explaining to his contemporaries Eve’s fall from grace and redemption through her link to the Virgin Mary and the Christ child.
The altar piece was painted in Renaissance Italy by an unknown artist, although we now know him under the pseudonym of ‘The Master of the Straus Madonna.
Wealthy Victorian industrialist John Frederick Cheetham acquired the work for his growing art collection in the late 19th century.
In his will he left this painting and many more to the then Stalybridge corporation. The paintings are now all cared for by Tameside Museums and Galleries Service on behalf of Tameside MBC.