Madonna with Child and Saint John (known as Madonna Bolognini)

Antonio da CorreggioBetween 1514 and 1519

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

This panel is part of the series of Madonnas with Child that mark Correggio's youthful work.
The influence of Leonardo is evident both in the sfumato and in the more noticeable sentimental inclination, through the complex poses of the figures. The architectural backdrop on the left of the painting closes off the scene and contrasts with the landscape, contributing to the complex play of light that continues in the figure of the Virgin, with her mantle shading part of her face.
Moreover, the figures appear to be completely integrated into the landscape thanks to the notable colour references between the yellow lining of the mantle and the touches of light on the veil and on the foliage of the tree behind the Madonna.


  • Title: Madonna with Child and Saint John (known as Madonna Bolognini)
  • Creator: Antonio Allegri, known as Correggio
  • Date Created: Between 1514 and 1519
  • Location: Castello Sforzesco, Pinacoteca, Milan
  • Physical Dimensions: 60 x 51 cm
  • Provenance: Gian Giacomo Attendolo Bolognini inheritance, 1865
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://pinacoteca.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Oil on panel transferrend on canvas
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Original title: Madonna con il Bambino e san Giovannino (Madonna Bolognini)
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Date: 1534
  • Artist Birth Place: Correggio, Reggio Emilia
  • Artist Birth Date: 1489 approx.

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