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Mary with the Child

Andrea del Verrocchio15th cent.

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Only two paintings have been definitely attributed to Verrocchio. A group of pictures of the Madonna is related to his marble and terracotta reliefs. Only in the case of the "Berlin Madonna" has a broad consensus been established about attribution to Verrocchio himself Scholars see the influence of Antonio del Pollaiuolo in features such as the marked spatial quality, the rhythmic flow of line and the powerful modelling. They also refer to the dependence on Leonardo's "Munich Madonna", c. 1476 on the one painted by his teacher Verrocchio about six years earlier.

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  • Title: Mary with the Child
  • Creator: Andrea del Verrocchio
  • Date Created: 15th cent.
  • Physical Dimensions: w49.4 x h67.3 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Medium: Oil on poplar wood
  • Style: Italian
  • Copyright Text: Text: © http://www.prestel.com, Prestel Verlag / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Hannelore Nützmann // Photo: © http://www.bpk-images.de, b p k - Photo Agency / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist information: Andrea del Verrocchio was an influential Italian sculptor, goldsmith and painter during the transition from the early to High Renaissance. He also became famous for his work at the court of Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence. His pupils included Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo di Credi. It is likely that Verrochio trained as a goldsmith under Francesco di Luca Verrochio. His first interest in painting might have evolved when he worked alongside Filippo Lippi in Prato. However, he remained mainly devoted to sculpture. The only painting which can be recognized with certainty as Verrocchio's work is 'Madonna with Child' (1470?). His artworks generally show a high degree of realism and a specific use of light and shadow for effect.
  • Artist Place of Death: Venice, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Florence, Italy
  • Artist Gender: male
  • Artist Dates: 1435 or 1436

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