• Madonna and Child with St Lawrence and St Jerome and Two Angels Making Music

    Artist:
    Francia, Francesco (Francesco di Marco di Giacomo Raibolini), ca. 1450-1517/18
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    193x151 cm

Francia, Francesco (Francesco di Marco di Giacomo Raibolini), ca. 1450-1517/18

Madonna and Child with St Lawrence and St Jerome and Two Angels Making Music

Italy, 1500

This painting was produced at the end of the Early Renaissance period for the Church of San Lorenzo delle Grotte in Bologna. Its creator, the local artist Francesco Francia, had a ready command of all the techniques of the new figurative language. In his works the principle of semblance to real life is already completely dominant. The figures have no trace of that somewhat archaic monolithic constrained look that is present, for example, in Fra Angelico’s fresco. The folds of the personages’ clothing fall softly and beneath it we can divine human bodies with the proper proportions. The composition of the painting wonderfully combines strict symmetry and naturalness. While he directs our gaze to Mary, the Christ Child and the saints, the artist does not prevent our eyes from moving further into the painting. There he painted a typical north Italian landscape, executed with a knowledge of perspective, that creates a magical illusion of depth. Francia allots equal significance to the horizontal, earthly, and vertical, heavenly, axes of space, affirming the importance of the human being in the cosmos. And the two angelic musicians here at the foot of the throne are highly appropriate, because from ancient times music was considered an expression of the divine harmony of the universe.

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Madonna and Child with St Lawrence and St Jerome and Two Angels Making Music

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oil

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193x151 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1843; purchased from the collection of Prince Ercolani

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ГЭ-53

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