• Madonna and Child

    Artist:
    Gerini, Lorenzo di Niccoló (?), active 1392-1411
    Technique:
    tempera
    Dimensions:
    130,5x69,5 cm

Gerini, Lorenzo di Niccoló (?), active 1392-1411

Madonna and Child

Italy,

This icon by Lorenzo di Niccolò Gerini is another work with an appreciable Gothic influence. It has a frame typical for that style in the form of a lancet arch decorated at the top by carved ornament resembling tongues of flame. On the left and right, between the slender twisted columns, there are depictions of four angels, while cherubs appear inside the curves of the arch. Their delicate figures match the style of the frame. Down below the artist placed three medallions containing half-length figures of Christ, St Catherine and St Dorothy. The images of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child are treated in a different manner. Mary is shown seated not on a throne, as was traditional, but on a cushion lying on a patterned carpet. This sort of depiction of the Madonna symbolized humility, one of the main Christian virtues. In the stockiness of the figures, the facial types and the gestures that seek to convey the sincere feeling connecting mother and child we can sense the influence of the work of the great Giotto, who is justly called the father of Italian painting. He was the first to move away from the traditions of Byzantine icon-painting and to turn to the depiction of a real setting and human beings in it. Like Giotto, Gerini was a Florentine artist. It was Florence that in the early 15th century was destined to become the cradle of the Renaissance.

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Madonna and Child

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tempera

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130,5x69,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1924; handed over from Yurievsky monastery near Novgorod

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-4045

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