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The Virgin and Child with two Saints about 1500. Oil on panel, Sienna, Italy. Bernardino Fungai 1460-1516 approx. The Virgin's dress and Christ's cushion are made of the most expensive silk. The goldfinch on the parapet alludes to Christ's death. The bird was mistakenly believed to eat thorns. According to legend, it plucked a spine from Christ's crown of thorns and got a red spot on its head from a drop of his flood.

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The Virgin and Child with two Saints about 1500. Oil on panel, Sienna, Italy.  Bernardino Fungai 1460-1516 approx.  The Virgin's dress and Christ's cushion are made of the most expensive silk.  The goldfinch on the parapet alludes to Christ's death.  The bird was mistakenly believed to eat thorns.  According to legend,  it plucked a spine from Christ's crown of thorns and got a red spot on its head from a drop of his flood.