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Madonna and Child with Two Angels

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Francesco Granacci, Madonna and Child with Two Angels, 1495, tempera on wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.46

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Title

Madonna and Child with Two Angels

Artist

Francesco Granacci (Italian, 1477-1543)

Date

1495

Period

High Renaissance (late 15th-1520s)

Medium

tempera on wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

45 3/4 in diam.

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Italian

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.46

Copyright

public domain

Terms

angels

Christ-child

Madonna

Object Stories

paintings

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

tempera

tondo frames

wood

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Description

The circular format of this painting, called a tondo, was popular during the Renaissance. In contrast to the ethereal symbolic attributes, such as halos, wings, and ceremonial gestures, there is a solid, new physicality in the rendering of bodies that is characteristic of Renaissance Art. This is most evident in the pudgy figure of the Christ Child, in the delineation of anatomy beneath the clothing, and in the individual and distinctive faces of the angels. The setting is idyllic but credible, with precisely drawn grasses and plants in the foreground and a view of fifteenth-century Florence in the distance.

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