The Virgin and Child Enthroned and Two Angels

Giovanni d'Alemagna e Antonio Vivarini1449 - 1450

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The Madonna is seated on a throne surrounded by a flowery meadow, an allusion to the hortus conclusus, the enclosed garden as a symbol of virginal purity.
Together with Jacopo Bellini, Antonio Vivarini was one of the leaders of the renewal of Venetian painting in the mid-fifteenth century.
He worked with his brother in law Giovanni d’Alemagna; this painting, probably forming part of a larger complex which can be dated to 1449-1450, is one of the finest fruits of their collaboration. Here we see late Gothic and Renaissance elements harmoniously combined. The throne has a firm architectural structure despite the lightness of the Gothic tracery. The body of Jesus has a sculptural quality, derived from the works by Donatello.

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  • Title: The Virgin and Child Enthroned and Two Angels
  • Creator: Giovanni d'Alemagna e Antonio Vivarini
  • Date Created: 1449 - 1450
  • Physical Dimensions: w102.3 x h188.9 cm
  • Rights: Fondazione artistica Poldi Pezzoli "Onlus"
  • External Link: http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it/#!/en/discover/collections/696
  • Medium: Tempera and gold on panel